KFCF Community Calendar

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 11/8/19

To post an event on our calendar e-mail the information to

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Friday, November 8th

Cineculture will screen the film “Jirga” (2018) with discussant Amir Shah Talash​​ and Sam Smith​​ (Producer & Lead Actor). ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ Directed by Australian filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour, “Jirga” is a touching modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find and confront the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the traditional village justice system – the Jirga. In Pushto and English with English subtitles. To see the trailer, go to the film website​​ https://www.jirgafilm.com/about. ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays. ​​ To see the entire film lineup, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 

 

Friday, November 8th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Lisa Jones speaking about a case study on mitigating extremist attacks and how Whitefish, Montana became "A National Model of Resistance." ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets in Reedley. (Pot-luck at 6:30.) (Map at​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org.) ​​ For more information, contact Don Friesen at​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Friday, November 8th​​ through Sunday, November 10th

Fresno Filmworks presents the 15th Annual Fresno Film Festival, at the historic Tower Theatre. The festival will feature seven exclusive programs of feature-length and local award-winning short films, including special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings, and Q&A discussions. This year’s lineup includes: Indian drama “Sir”, a tale of two worlds colliding and two individuals connecting; documentary “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins” pays tribute to the celebrated national political columnist; and the German thriller “Balloon”, which tells the gripping true story of one of the most spectacular escapes from communist East Germany. The shorts program will feature short films submitted to Fresno Filmworks by local filmmakers or on subjects of local interest. Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors; festival passes cost $50. Starting October 21, tickets and passes can be purchased online and at the Tower Theatre box office, 809 E. Olive Ave. Go online to FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.

 

Saturday, November 9th

Join the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno for its Semi-Annual Fundraising Dinner with guest speaker Tahera Rahman, a CBS new reporter from the Quad Cities and the first​​ full time reporter to wear a hijab on the air. ​​ The dinner takes place starting at 4 p.m. at the Center, 2111 E. Nees in Fresno. ​​ Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or on-line at Eventbrite. ​​ For more information or to donate auction items, contact Reza Nekumanesh at (559) 297-9535 or e-mail​​ reza@icfresno.org.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 9th

Visit Gallery 25 for its Second Saturday Arthop​​ from Noon-3pm​​ with a free art activity! ​​ For the month of November​​ Gallery 25 presents a Solo Exhibit by Gallery 25 member, Cynthia Carter Cameron called "Retro." In this body of work the artist reflects on the visual expression of where she is with her craft and offers a glimpse of the creative direction she is taking with the medium of oil painting. ​​ Gallery 25 is​​ at the "M Street Arts Complex" located at 1419 "M" Street, Fresno. ​​ For more information contact Gallery 25 at 559-264-4092 and​​ on line at gallery25.org.

 

Saturday, November 9th

There will be a huge yard sale, weather permitting, to benefit Y’s Menettes (a service organization for the YMCA), from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Armstrong Ave. and Butler Ave. in Fresno. ​​ You can find everything you need! ​​ 

 

Saturday, November 9th

Fresno Pacific University presents "Opera at Pacific: Opera Antics-Scenes by Mozart," humorous opera excerpts performed by Fresno Pacific University vocal students, at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno. Admission is $7 general, $5 for students K-college. For more information, go to fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Sunday, November 10th

The Iranian Culture and Art Club of Fresno will screen a documentary film about Tahereh Ghoratin Ain, in Persian with English subtitles. ​​ The screening takes place at 2:30 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional Public Library at 944 E. Perrin. ​​ It is free and open to the public. ​​ For more information, call (559)709-3851.

 

Sunday, November 10th

Fresno Pacific University presents "Opera at Pacific: Opera Antics-Scenes by Mozart," humorous opera excerpts performed by Fresno Pacific University vocal students, at 2:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno. Admission is $7 general, $5 for students K-college. For more information, go to ​​ fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Monday, November 11th

The Master Gardeners of Merced County would like to extend an invitation for you to attend our upcoming Lecture on Bees by Dr Gordon Frankie at 10:30 am at their UCCE Office at 2145 Wardrobe Ave. ​​ California is home to over sixteen hundred species of undomesticated bees–most of them native–that populate and pollinate gardens, fields, and urban green spaces. ​​ Frankie is the foremost expert on California bees as a Cal professor, researcher at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab and coauthor of California​​ Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists. ​​ During the past 21 years Frankie has documented bee diversity, seasonality, and host plant preferences of most species at several northern California sites. He has discovered that urban residential areas can support high diversities of local bee species. His work is trying to tackle the global pollinator decline and the broad search for new ways to conserve and protect pollinators in a variety of habitats. ​​ This event is free to attend. ​​ For more information, call 209-385-7403.

 

Tuesday, November 12th

The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State presents the next session in the Pay it Forward luncheon series, featuring keynote speakers Ben Runyon and Becca Cartier from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union. The Pay It Forward series brings business leaders and alumni together with Fresno State students to engage in dialogue, explore issues and network. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. Space is limited.​​ To register, go to​​ https://lyles.wufoo.com/forms/m540puh1tv6k6b/.​​ 

 

Thursday, November 14th

Spark Tank Pitch Fest fires up for seventh year​​ hosted by Fresno​​ Pacific​​ University’s​​ Center for Community Transformation. ​​ Empowering community members to solve community problems through business has kept the lights on for the Spark Tank Pitch Fest since it was created by the Center for Community Transformation in 2013.

As the CCT, part of Fresno Pacific University, prepares for the seventh annual pitch fest at 3:00 p.m. at Lanna Coffee, 617 Broadway, Fresno, a good deal of success has already shown through:

* Social enterprises awarded capital via Spark Tank have generated $3.7M.

* A range of products and services to the community as well as jobs to more than 260

 ​​​​ people, many of whom face challenges to employment.

* The support and participation of community partners such as Beneficial State Bank,​​ ​​ Bitwise Industries, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, Lanna Coffee Co., and many individual donors that have helped CCT invest over $100,000 in start-up capital. ​​​​ For more information on Spark Tank, contact Carlos Huerta, CCT associate director, at 559-453-2374,​​ carlos.huerta@fresno.edu​​ or check the CCT website​​ at​​ https://cctfresno.org/social-enterprise.​​ 

 

Thursday, November 14th

National produce expert Steve Lutz will visit Fresno State to discuss the abundance of new products in the fruit and vegetable produce industry and how it affects consumer purchase behavior at the 38th annual Agribusiness Management Conference.​​ ​​ The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union (2485 E. San Ramon Ave.) at Fresno State.​​  ​​​​ Lutz will be joined by six industry experts to address this year’s theme of “Data Decisions and Connectivity.” The conference provides a venue for the state’s agricultural business, economic, political and research sectors, as well as Fresno State faculty, staff and students to learn about issues affecting the Central Valley and beyond.​​ ​​ The conference will also feature a water roundtable entitled “Understanding Water Myths: Are We Net Importers or Exporters of​​ Water in the Central Valley?” Experts on the panel include Sarge Green, Center for Irrigation Technology project director; Gregory Kelley, former California Olive Ranch president and CEO; and Ken Ramos, Central Valley Community Bank executive vice president and market executive for its southern region.​​ ​​ Dr. Dennis Nef, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, will deliver a data-packed and inspiring closing message entitled “Transformation Change: Appalachia of the West is Not Our Future.”​​ ​​ Registration for the conference is $125 by Monday, Nov. 11. Pre-registered faculty can attend for $25. For more information, contact the Institute for Food and Agriculture at​​ spheasant@csufresno.edu or 559-278-4405. ​​​​ Register at​​ https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashneti/selfserve/BrowseCatalog.aspx?CNAME=CONF-WKSHPS.​​ 

 

Friday, November 15th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Laurence McGinity on the topic of “Alternatives to Violence in Prison.” The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets in Reedley. (Pot-luck at 6:30.) (Map at​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org.) ​​ For more information, contact Don Friesen at​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Friday, November 15th

Canadian film and television director Don Millar will lead a discussion following the screening of his film, “Botero,” at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Education Center Auditorium next to the Save Mart Center at the Student Recreation Center. Fernando Botero is one of the world’s most popular living artists, with millions of fans transcending cultures across the globe. The film brings together the man and his art to capture Botero’s essence, the quiet resolve and strength of character that allowed him to overcome poverty, decades of harsh criticism and the tragic death of his 4-year-old son. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays with no permit necessary in lots P3 or P2. The screening is sponsored by the French Program along with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and Center for Creativity and the Arts.

 

Friday, November 15th

Join United Cerebral Palsy of Central California for Pulling Strings, a plated, wine-pairing dinner and silent auction that benefits United Cerebral Palsy Central California It takes place at 6 p.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th​​ Street in Clovis. The event is hosted by chef Keith Allen and wife Liz Harrison, ABC30 news anchor. Tickets are $100 per person or $720 for tables of eight. There will also be live music and dancing. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (559) 221-8272 or visit​​ www.ucpcc.org/pulling-strings.​​ 

 

Friday, November 15th

Visit Spectrum Gallery for its​​ Friday Photography Live​​ event starting at 7 p.m. at Spectrum Art Gallery located in Fresno’s Tower District at 608 E. Olive. ​​ The November exhibit is “ABECEDARIAN”, meaning related to the alphabet, by​​ Edward Gillum. ​​ 

 

Friday, November 15th

Romantic songs and poetry reading mingle for a romantic evening of Russian art song at 7 p.m. at the Fresno State Concert Hall. The concert will feature faculty members Dr. Maria Okunev-Briggs, soprano; and Dr. Anthony Radford reading poetry with staff pianist Drew Quiring. They will be joined by voice studio students Danny Sanchez, countertenor; Jordan Pulido, tenor; and Christopher Rodriguez, baritone. Guest accompanists include Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman, violin; and student Kelvin Diaz-Inoa, cello. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors and students. Parking is free in Lots P1 or P31.

 

Friday, November 15th​​ through Sunday, November 17th

Speech recognition technology​​ will be​​ featured at​​ the​​ Western Conference on Linguistics​​ taking place at Fresno State. ​​ Linguistics has always been known for its traditional uses in learning, preserving and understanding languages, but it is also a driving force for areas like technology.​​ ​​ As companies seek to have faster, better responses in their artificial intelligence (AI) products and customer service, linguists become critical in analyzing and understanding people’s particular speeches and words. With thousands of unique languages in the world, linguistics provides stronger understanding and solutions for things like speech recognition, speech synthesis, automatic translation and machine understanding.​​  ​​​​ Focusing on languages like Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Hidatsa, Armenian and more, presenters from across the nation and around the world will coalesce at Fresno State for the international Western Conference on Linguistics. The three-day conference, hosted by the Department of Linguistics at​​ Fresno State, will be from November​​ 15 to 17 at the University Business Center in the Peters Business building.​​ ​​ Plenary talks will be from 9 to 10 a.m. each day in the Peters Business building (Room 191) and will include Dr. Arto Anttila from Stanford University on November​​ 15; Will Lewis from Microsoft on November​​ 16; and Dr. Geoff Gamble, a Fresno State alumnus who served as president of Montana State University from 2000-09, on November​​ 17. ​​​​ Refereed talks follow the plenary speakers each day and will be 20 minutes and 10 minutes for discussion. Topics on theoretical and descriptive linguistics have a wide and varied range, from a corpus investigation on English tag questions, a cross-linguistic perspective on negative purpose clauses, to a study on how humor is gendered among Tagalog university students. ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, November 16th

Mark Arax, Author of the new book “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust across California, will speak at 7 p.m.​​ at Living Word Fellowship Church, 105 Westgate Way, Dinuba.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 16th

There will be a free Second Chances Legal Clinic for people with records in Huron

from 10am - 3pm at the LEAP Institute, 17010 Apple Avenue, Huron. ​​ Are you facing barriers because of a criminal record? Meet 1-on-1 with a lawyer to learn about your legal rights with an arrest or conviction record! At the clinic, we will be providing free recordcleaning services and legal information about navigating barriers because of your record related to employment, occupational licensing, housing, public benefits, family &​​ children, immigration, parole & probation, and more! ​​ If possible, please bring a government-issued photo ID and a "RAP sheet" (a copy of your criminal record) for full recordcleaning services. ​​ RSVP online at bit.ly/HuronClinic or call Root & Rebound at (510) 279-4662. ​​ Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible. ​​ For information on how to get your RAP sheet, please visit bit.ly/FRESNORAPSHEET.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 16th

The​​ 2nd​​ Annual​​ Fresno American Indian Health Project’s​​ “Native Days Car & Bike Show and Health and Resource Fair”​​ takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at​​ Fresno American Indian Health Project,​​ 1551 E Shaw Ave Suite 139​​ in​​ Fresno. Along with the car show, they will be having food and merchandise vendors and health related information, as well as​​ Classic Cars and Bikes, Music, Food,​​ and a​​ Raffle. ​​ This fundraiser benefits programs and services for the local Native American community. ​​ The event is free; register online at​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-days-car-bike-show-and-health-fair-tickets-70943866013.​​ 

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Saturday, November 16th

The American Cancer Society presents the​​ Holiday Shoppe, with all proceeds benefitting the organization. ​​ It takes place from​​ 1:00pm to 5:00pm​​ at​​ Westmont of Fresno 7442 N. Millbrook Ave. Fresno. ​​ Come get a head start on your holiday shopping. When you choose to shop The Holiday Shoppe you are supporting local businesses and also helping to fund local resources provided by the American Cancer Society. There will be handmade goods, gift wrapping services, entertainment and so much more. The event is free to the public and free parking is available. Vendor spots are still available contact Leticia with the American Cancer Society for details at (559)500-6801 or​​ Leticia.ramirez@cancer.org.​​ 

 

Sunday, November 17th

Join the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization in celebrating World Meditation Day from 4-5:30 p.m. at 7319 North Fourth Street in Fresno. ​​ Join them to meditate together and send peaceful and powerful thoughts for healing and harmony to our world. ​​ With guided meditation, they will engage in:

 Turning our attention inwards, experience inner calm and become free from tension

 Focus our mind in the experience of inner peace and feel rejuvenated

 Collectively send our vibrations of love and light to the world

World Meditation Day is observed each month by Brahma Kumaris Meditation

Centers throughout the world. ​​ Contact them at BKWSOfresno@gmail.com or (559) 435-2212 for more information.

 

Monday, November 18th​​ and Tuesday, November 19th

Fresno State’s Institute for Food & Agriculture is offering a Dairy and Juice HACCP Workshop. ​​ In this two-day course you will learn how to build a food safety system using the seven principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). The training program is centered around dairy and juice HACCP following the guidelines of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance voluntary HACCP and FDA HACCP for 100% juice products. The course has been accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and is​​ taught by instructors who have Alliance accreditation as lead instructors. You will receive guidance on building and strengthening existing HACCP programs, developing a hazard analysis, and the importance of integrating a food safety program into your total plant and company quality programs. ​​ Registration Fee (includes parking pass, course materials, am/pm snacks, lunch) is $595 per person (but there is a $100 discount if two or more attendees register from the same plant and a $100 discount if same individual registers for both Dairy and Juice HACCP and Dairy Preventive Controls Qualified Individual workshops. ​​ The sign up deadline is November 1, 2019. ​​ To register, go to​​ http://bit.ly/IFARegistration. ​​ 

 

Wednesday, November 20th

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the UC Merced Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno (between Fresno and First across from Fashion Fair). ​​ The topic is “Reducing Yosemite Toad Mortality.” ​​ In 2017, the Forest Service documented 88 Yosemite toads (a threatened species) that had been run over and killed on a two-mile stretch of the 9S09 road between June and October. Since toads are highly terrestrial and move around all summer (especially during rain events) adapting culverts or waterways was not the whole answer. ​​ Stephanie Barnes, Sierra National Forest Fisheries/Aquatic Biologist, will discuss the installation of an elevated road segment over this mortality ‘hotspot,' a project designed to help protect toads over their terrestrial habitats. The 9S09 road gets a lot of use from OHV recreationalists as it is the easiest access to Bald Mountain Base Camp. Join them for this unusual presentation and learn about saving the toads!

 

Wednesday, November 20th​​ through Friday, November 22nd

Fresno State’s Institute for Food & Agriculture is offering a Preventive Controls for Human Foods – Dairy Foods Processing Workshop. ​​ The Preventive Controls for Human Foods – Dairy Foods Processing course (FSPCA curriculum) provides standardized training for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PQCIs) to meet the FDA requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition to the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance curriculum, this course will cover typical hazards associated with dairy processing, use dairy product examples for all breakout work groups, and discuss the transition from the PMO Appendix K HACCP system to a FSMA Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Prevent Control system. ​​ The Registration Fee (which includes parking pass, course materials, am/pm snacks, lunch) is $795 per person, but there is a $100 discount if two or more attendees register from the same plant and a $100 discount if same individual registers for both Dairy and Juice HACCP as well as Dairy Preventive Controls Qualified Individual workshops. ​​ The sign up deadline is November 1, 2019. ​​ To register, go to​​ http://bit.ly/IFARegistration.​​ 

 

Thursday, November 21st

Fresno Pacific University presents "Fresno Pacific University Symphonic Band and University High School," at 7:00 p.m. at California State University Fresno Concert Hall, 5241 N. Maple Ave., Fresno. Admission is free. For more information, go to fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Friday, November 22nd

Cineculture will screen a short film program featuring “Life Between Borders: Black Migrants in Mexico,” “Jamaica y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico” and “After La Nopalera,” with discussant: Ebony Bailey (Director). ​​ The screening is at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ “Life Between Borders: Black Migrants in Mexico” by Californian filmmaker and Central Valley native, Ebony Bailey discusses the context in which thousands of Haitians seeking entry to the US are now left stranded at the northern Mexico border after a change in immigration policy. But “Black migration” is not new to Mexico, as people from the African Diaspora have lived here for centuries. In Bailey’s short documentary, we meet Haitians stuck at the border as well as Africans in Mexico City and explore Black migration and identity in Mexico. ​​ In Bailey’s second short film, “Jamaica y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico” we learn that the Jamaica flower and tamarind are iconic ingredients in Mexico although but their history comes from a place much further away. ​​ To understand this, we meet four people and explore with them what African identity means in the context of Mexico City, an identity that goes beyond the color of one's skin. ​​ Bailey’s third short documentary “After La Nopalera,” presents daily life in a small village in the state of Morelos in central Mexico after the September 19th, 2017 earthquake as vividly told by a local resident and an earthquake survivor. ​​ To see more about the films, go to​​ https://africa.harvard.edu/event/black-migration-influence. ​​ All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays. ​​ To see the entire film lineup, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu.​​ 

 

Friday, November 22nd

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Katerina Friesen speaking about gardening programs in women's prisons. ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets in Reedley. (Pot-luck at 6:30.) (Map at​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org.) ​​ For more information, contact Don Friesen at​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Friday, November 22nd

Roy Zimmerman​​ will be​​ in concert​​ at 7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial in Fresno.  ​​ ​​​​ To get a taste of Roy’s zany political wit, go to YouTube and listen to​​ There Goes the Sun, one of his classics,​​ To Be a Liberal,​​ and a history lesson,​​ Summer of Loving. ​​ Tickets are $20 or pay what you can. ​​ Contact Steve at​​ johnsonsacks@comcast.net​​ to reserve. ​​ This is a benefit for the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Team!

 

Friday, November 22nd

“The Rocket Man Show,” the premiere Elton John Musical Tribute, will be performed at the Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts in Fresno at 7:30 p.m.  ​​​​ Hand Picked by Elton John, The Show matches Elton’s insane energy night after night. Recreating an early concert with gorgeous, colorful and flamboyant costumes, including boots, glasses and jumpsuits, some of which were worn by Elton himself! With all the classic young Elton​​ antics, audiences are in for a night of nostalgia, singing, laughing and participation. ​​ Tickets are on sale now, online at towertheatrefresno.com or by calling 559-485-9050

 

Friday, November 22nd

Every year, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series brings eight internationally recognized piano and organ artists to Fresno State. The fingers that play the Steinway Werz found in the basement have also played in the most famous concert halls around the world -- making the series one of the best-kept secrets in Fresno. ​​ In the 2019-20 series, each of the artists has included Fresno State as part of their international performance schedule. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The November 22nd​​ concert features Kenny Broberg. ​​ ​​ Since Kenny Broberg’s triumph at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he has enjoyed a thriving performance career with recital and orchestral engagements across North America, Asia and Europe. The Texas Classical Review praised him for his imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices and an unfailing sense of momentum.” Broberg will perform works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Franck and Medtner. ​​ The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com. ​​ 

 

Friday, November 22nd​​ 

Fresno Pacific University presents "Fresno Pacific University Chamber Wind Ensembles: Woodwind Quintet, Pacific Brass, Saxophone Quartet, Flute Quintet," at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Hall Atrium, FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is $5, free to FPU community. ​​ For more information, go to fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Saturday, November 23rd

The WILPF Peace Community Crafts Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fresno City College Cafeteria Complex near Weldon. ​​ There is free admission, free parking, free entertainment, artists, crafters and information tables for progressive non-profits. ​​ Visit old friends and meet new ones. ​​ Find unique handmade holiday gifts, amazing arts and creative crafts, fill your tummies with great yummies including signature homemade soups, breads and desserts, and check out the Raffle Prizes, & Silent Auction. ​​ The Fresno City College Cafeteria is at 1101 East University Avenue

Fresno. ​​ For a booth application, fee rates or more information, contact Bev Fitzpatrick at 559-355-9717 or e-mail​​ dfitzpatrick29@comcast.net.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 23rd

There will be a free health event at the West Fresno Family Resource Center: “Building Our Best Bodies – ‘Health is Wealth’ Awareness Day.” ​​ The event takes place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and the West Fresno Family Resource Center is located at 1802 E California Ave. in Fresno. ​​ For more information, contact Adrian Carter at 559-621-2967 or by e-mail to​​ acarter@wfresnofrc.org. ​​ Join them for a day dedicated to getting you​​ and your family healthy so that you can be more productive in your business, career or workplace. Get tips on how to prepare your food, free facials, move your body with Zumba, preventative disease tips and consult with an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach for FREE! ​​ See more at​​ http://wfresnofrc.org.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 23rd​​ and Sunday, November 24th

Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks Live will visit Selland Arena on November 23rd​​ and 24th​​ for 3 shows. The inaugural tour, launched in January, brings the famous Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive Hot Wheels® experience for the first time ever! ​​ Tickets are available at​​ www.hotwheelsmonstertruckslive.com​​ and prices are $35-$28-$22 and kids tickets are $8. Tickets are subject to convenience and facility fees. Show times are as follows:

Saturday, November 23rd at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 p.m.

Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks Live features six Monster Trucks: Bone Shaker™, Tiger Shark™, V8 Bomber™, Demo Derby, Hot Wheels® Racing 1 and the original and King of Monster Trucks, BIGFOOT®. The stars of the show perform iconic jumps and stunts with epic crashing and smashing as they entertain fans during several competition segments within the show. In addition, each show features the high-flying talents of freestyle motocross performers Josh Headford, Cody Elkins and Brody Wilson, as well as the fan-favorite Megasaurus, a fire-breathing, car-eating, transforming robot. ​​ The Crash Zone Pre-Show Party will be open prior to all shows, giving fans a chance to come early to meet the Monster Truck drivers, get amazing close-up photos and see the unbelievable new Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks up close and in person. All patrons with a ticket to these shows are invited to the Crash Zone Pre-Show Party for free! A valid event ticket is required to enter the venue for the Crash Zone Pre-Show Party but does not guarantee entry as there is a Crash Zone event capacity, which will be monitored by the venue on the day of the event. Entry into the Crash Zone Pre-Show Party will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. ​​ A post-show autograph session will take place on the concourse after every show. Fans have the chance to collect autographs from all the show performers including every Monster Truck driver.

 

Sunday, November 24th

Fresno Pacific University presents "A Festival of Lessons & Carols," Fresno Pacific University's Christmas celebration of the Christmas season through readings and music. It takes place at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St., Fresno. Admission is $10 general, $5 for the FPU community. For more information, go to fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Sunday, November 24th

There will be talks by two exhibiting artists,​​ Carmen Hoyos​​ and​​ Nick Potter, at Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Auditorium​​ starting at 1 p.m. ​​ For more information on the exhibits, go to​​ www.fresnoartmuseum.org.​​ 

 

Monday, November 25th

Valley Innovators is hosting “Kid-Preneur Day,” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Phillip J. Patino school of Enterpreneurship, 2000 E. Cambridge Ave. in Fresno. ​​ Join them for a day of learning, exploring ideas and connecting with like-minded individuals. ​​ Education will cover the basics and explore the different ways to develop a business from an idea to how guardians can support their children. In addition to education participants will have the opportunity to explore the expo and learn more about kid owned businesses, entrepreneurial resources, food trucks, and much more. ​​ The cost is $10 per kid! ​​ To learn more and to register, go to​​ www.valleyinnovators.com/kid-preneur-day. ​​ 

 

Friday, November 29th​​ and Saturday, November 30th

The annual Sweet Home Ranch Annual Art Show and Holiday Gift Sale takes place at 4399 Ave. 400 (Hwy. 201) in Dinuba, featuring Paul Buxman original oil paintings, lithographs and art cards; farm crafted foods and gifts from Sweet Home Ranch and neighboring farms. ​​ Enjoy the beauty of the farm, the tastes of home, and visits with neighbors and friends.

 

Saturday, November 30th

As the holidays are quickly approaching, the Merced County Human Services Agency, in partnership with the Merced County Fire Department, Merced Barnes and Noble, The Bus and the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ladies Aerie #2194, will be holding their annual Operation Holiday Toy Drive and "Stuff The Bus" event to provide holiday gifts for foster children and teens, and other at-risk youth in Merced County. ​​​​ The need is great and​​ they​​ need your help with donations of new, unwrapped toys, new blankets and clothing, gifts cards and monetary donations.​​ Their​​ teens are those highest in need this year and every year. ​​​​ The "Stuff The Bus" event will be on Saturday, November 30th, in the Merced Barnes and Noble parking lot off Olive Avenue and Austin Avenue. Stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to drop off a donation and help "Stuff The Bus!" Santa Claus, Santa's Elves and Fire Personnel will be on hand to accept your donations. ​​​​ The Cupcake Lady will also be in attendance and 20% of the sales will go to the toy drive. ​​​​ Gift collection barrels can also be found at 21 retail locations throughout Merced County from October 26th through December 6th. ​​​​ If you would like additional information, please call CJ Jones at (209) 385-3000, Ext. 5285.

 

Sunday, December 1st

Join the Fresno Historical Society​​ from 10am to 3pm​​ for​​ Christmas through the Decades Holiday​​ Installation Grand Opening​​ at Kearney Mansion,​​ 7160 West Kearney Boulevard. Take a self-guided tour of​​ beautifully decorated trees and historical holiday photographs throughout Kearney Mansion.

 

Wednesday, December 4th

Fresno Pacific University presents “Fresno Pacific University Pacific Bronze Handbell Concert," at 7:30 p.m. at Ashley Auditorium, McDonald Hall, FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $5, or free for FPU community and students. For more information, go to fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Thursday, December 5th

Fresno State’s Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute is offering a free lecture series. ​​ The December 5th​​ lecture is a Literary Lecture with speaker Sam Pereira, Portuguese-American poet. ​​ It takes place at 6 p.m. at the University Business Center, PB 191. ​​ All lectures are free and the public is invited to attend. Parking is $5 at any of the daily parking permit dispensers.

 

Friday, December 6th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker G. Sharat Lin, a research fellow at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. ​​ She’ll be speaking about “Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System.” ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets in Reedley. (Pot-luck at 6:30.) (Map at​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org.) ​​ For more information, contact Don Friesen at​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Saturday, December 7th

As part of its celebration of Gandhi’s 150th​​ birthday, Fresno State is hosting a forum on “Human Rights and Civil Rights” at 9 a.m. in North Gym (Room 118). In celebration of the United Nations’ annual “Human Rights Day,” speakers will include Dr. Clayborne Carson from Stanford University and Assemblyman Ash Kalra, chair of the California Assembly Committee on Labor Relations and Employment. This event is cosponsored with the Human Rights Coalition of Central Valley and other community partners. ​​ This event is free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship from the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Parking is $5 in lots in P5 and P6.

 

Saturday, December 7th

Downtown Fresno’s 90th​​ Annual Christmas Parade begins at​​ 2 pm​​ in downtown Fresno, on Fulton St. between Inyo and Calaveras. ​​ There will be​​ Schools, Marching Bands, Community Organizations, Churches, etc.​​ all on the theme of “9 Generations,”​​ remembering the 9 generations of tradition that still takes place in Downtown Fresno. This year decorate your entry with a decade that you think was the best. ​​​​ Those wanting to participate can apply on-line at​​ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6DNTT5J​​ before November 15th. ​​ The entry fee is $50 for those participating in the parade. ​​ 

 

Sunday, December 8th

“CAIR,” the​​ Council on American-Islamic Relations, Central California Office, is holding its Third Annual Fundraising Banquet at the Golden Palace, 2625 W. Vassar Ave. in Fresno. ​​ Doors open at 5 and the program begins at 5:30. ​​ CAIR Central California is growing and​​ they​​ need your continued support as​​ they​​ work to protect civil rights and immigrant communities, advocate for equitable policies, increase civic engagement, build power for our families and youth, and fight for justice!​​ They​​ are honored to have renowned activist and social justice leader Linda Sarsour speak at​​ this​​ event!​​ Purchase tickets at​​ http://bit.ly/2019cairccbanquet.​​ 

 

Friday, December 13th

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker Vic Bedoian talking about being a news stringer at KPFA. ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, located on L Street between 12th and 13th Streets in Reedley. (Pot-luck at 6:30.) (Map at​​ www.reedleypeacecenter.org.) ​​ For more information, contact Don Friesen at​​ dfriesen0@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, December 14th

The​​ Holiday Tea Party at Kearney Mansion on​​ takes place​​ at 3:00​​ pm. ​​ Tickets are​​ $60​​ and advance​​ reservations are required. ​​ Tea will include a delicious selection of scones, tea sandwiches and other savory and sweet treats, along with hot tea and all the trimmings. Enjoy a self-guided tour of Kearney Mansion all decked out for the Christmas season. ​​ For tickets and more information, go to​​ https://store.valleyhistory.org/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=171.​​ 

 

Sunday, December 15th

Join the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization in celebrating World Meditation Day from 4-5:30 p.m. at 7319 North Fourth Street in Fresno. ​​ Join them to meditate together and send peaceful and powerful thoughts for healing and harmony to our world. ​​ With guided meditation, they will engage in:

 Turning our attention inwards, experience inner calm and become free from tension

 Focus our mind in the experience of inner peace and feel rejuvenated

 Collectively send our vibrations of love and light to the world

World Meditation Day is observed each month by Brahma Kumaris Meditation

Centers throughout the world. ​​ Contact them at BKWSOfresno@gmail.com or (559) 435-2212 for more information.

 

Sunday, December 15th

Fresno Pacific University presents "Fresno Pacific University San Joaquin Chorale Concert," at 3:00 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $15 for general audiences, $10 for students and FPU community, or $5 for ages 5-18. ​​ For more information, go to fpu.edu/events/music, e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu, or call 559-453-2267.

 

Friday, January 10th

Every year, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series brings eight internationally recognized piano and organ artists to Fresno State. The fingers that play the Steinway Werz found in the basement have also played in the most famous concert halls around the world -- making the series one of the best-kept secrets in Fresno. ​​ In the 2019-20 series, each of the artists has included Fresno State as part of their international performance schedule. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The January 10th​​ concert features Claire Huangci. ​​ First Prize winner of the 2018 Géza Anda International Piano Competition in Zürich, Claire Huangci is characterized as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. This 29-year-old Chinese-American artist has already appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious venues. The Salzburger Nachrichten said Huangci captivates her audience with “radiant virtuosity,​​ artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy.” Huangci will perform works by Mozart, Chopin, Brahms and Schubert. ​​ The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com. ​​ 

 

Friday, January 10th

Tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters in a world tour at the Save Mart Center will be on sale starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 16. The event will take place at 7 p.m. January 10th. Tickets start at $26.50 and are available at ticketmaster.com or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.

 

Sunday, January 26th

Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series concerts span ages and places for 2019-20. ​​ From exploring early music to premiering a new composition, the eighteenth season of the Pacific Artist Series at Fresno Pacific University—offered during the university’s 75th Anniversary year—includes a variety of performances from artists known in the Valley and around the world. ​​ Tickets are available at the door for each of the five concerts. More information about the entire series is available online at​​ http://www.fpu.edu/pacificartist, by email at​​ music@fresno.edu, or by calling the FPU Music Office at 559-453-2267. ​​ The January 26th​​ event is the CASK Quartet in Concert, featuring Cactus Sam Harris, organ, Aaron Burdick, tenor, Sherah Moore-Burdick, soprano, and Krista Harris, flute. ​​ It begins at 4 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Avenue, Fresno. Admission is $15 general audience, $10 for the FPU community, or $5 for FPU students.

 

Friday, February 14th

Every year, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series brings eight internationally recognized piano and organ artists to Fresno State. The fingers that play the Steinway Werz found in the basement have also played in the most famous concert halls around the world -- making the series one of the best-kept secrets in Fresno. ​​ In the 2019-20 series, each of the artists has included Fresno State as part of their international performance schedule. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The February 14th​​ concert features Natasha Paremski. ​​ Born in Moscow, Natasha Paremski came to the United States at a young age winning numerous awards including the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Prize. She enjoys a flourishing career that has included performances as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, and the Moscow Philharmonic. The London Classical Source lauded her “fiery and widely dynamic playing.” Paremski will perform works by Prokofiev, Ravel and Mussorgsky. ​​ The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com. ​​ 

 

Friday, February 28th

The Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts has teamed up with the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program to co-sponsor the Young Armenian Talent Series.

The October 20th​​ concert features Nara Avetisyan. ​​ Born in Yerevan into an artistic family, Nara Avetisyan is currently completing her doctorate in piano performance at Stony Brook University in New York. Prize-winner at competitions in the United States, Armenia, Italy, Greece and Lithuania, she has garnered accolades for her performances as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and chamber music partner at concert halls in Vienna, Munich, Geneva, London, Monaco, São Paulo, Sochi, Boston and Los Angeles. Avetisyan will perform works by Händel, Zakarian, Granados, Babadjanian and Prokofiev. ​​ The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com.  ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, February 29th

Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series concerts span ages and places for 2019-20. ​​ From exploring early music to premiering a new composition, the eighteenth season of the Pacific Artist Series at Fresno Pacific University—offered during the university’s 75th Anniversary year—includes a variety of performances from artists known in the Valley and around the world. ​​ Tickets are available at the door for each of the five concerts. More information about the entire series is available online at​​ http://www.fpu.edu/pacificartist, by email at​​ music@fresno.edu, or by calling the FPU Music Office at 559-453-2267. ​​ The February 29th​​ event is a concert featuring Nicola Mazzani, Piccolo, and Natasha Kislenko, Piano. ​​ It takes place at 2:00 p.m. at the McDonald Hall Atrium, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is ​​ $25 for all audiences.​​ 

 

Sunday, March 8th

Every year, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series brings eight internationally recognized piano and organ artists to Fresno State. The fingers that play the Steinway Werz found in the basement have also played in the most famous concert halls around the world -- making the series one of the best-kept secrets in Fresno. ​​ In the 2019-20 series, each of the artists has included Fresno State as part of their international performance schedule. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The March 8th​​ concert features Monica Czausz. ​​ Currently completing an artist diploma at the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Monica Czausz enjoys a thriving performance career in Europe and the United States and has quickly made a name for herself as one of the finest young American organists on the scene today. The American Organist praised Czausz for her “artistic mastery far beyond her years.” Czausz will perform works by Buxtehude, Schildt, Praetorius, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Merikanto and Hakim. The concert is co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists. The concert begins at 3 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at​​ $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com. ​​ 

 

Sunday, March 22nd

Fresno Pacific University’s Pacific Artist Series concerts span ages and places for 2019-20. ​​ From exploring early music to premiering a new composition, the eighteenth season of the Pacific Artist Series at Fresno Pacific University—offered during the university’s 75th Anniversary year—includes a variety of performances from artists known in the Valley and around the world. ​​ Tickets are available at the door for each of the five concerts. More information about the entire series is available online at​​ http://www.fpu.edu/pacificartist, by email at​​ music@fresno.edu, or by calling the FPU Music Office at 559-453-2267. ​​ At the March 22nd​​ event, Faculty Emeritus Larry Warkentin presents his Menno Simons Cantata and Premiers his Sonata for Violin and Piano. ​​ The concert takes place at 4:00 p.m. at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church, 2529 Willow Avenue, Clovis. Admission is $15 general audience, $10 for the FPU community, or $5 for FPU students.​​ 

 

Friday, March 27th​​ 

Every year, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series brings eight internationally recognized piano and organ artists to Fresno State. The fingers that play the Steinway Werz found in the basement have also played in the most famous concert halls around the world -- making the series one of the best-kept secrets in Fresno. ​​ In the 2019-20 series, each of the artists has included Fresno State as part of their international performance schedule. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The March 27th​​ concert features Rafal Blechacz. ​​ Since winning all prizes at the 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafal Blechacz has established himself on the international concert scene and is celebrated worldwide for his virtuosic interpretations. He was recently awarded a prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in recognition of his brilliant achievements and passionate commitment to his art. Blechacz will perform works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Franck and Chopin. ​​ The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com. ​​ 

 

Saturday, April 4th

Save the Date for Fresno Art Museum’s “Trashique!.” ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.fresnoartmuseum.org.​​ 

 

Sunday, May 3rd

Every year, the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series brings eight internationally recognized piano and organ artists to Fresno State. The fingers that play the Steinway Werz found in the basement have also played in the most famous concert halls around the world -- making the series one of the best-kept secrets in Fresno. ​​ In​​ the 2019-20 series, each of the artists has included Fresno State as part of their international performance schedule. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The March 27th​​ concert features Jeremy Denk. ​​ Winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year award, Jeremy Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The New York Times said, “Jeremy Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” Denk will perform works by J.S. Bach. ​​ The concert begins at 3 p.m. ​​ Tickets are $25 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, and season tickets at $160, $120 and $30 respectively. ​​ The Concert Hall is located at 2380 East Keats Avenue, MB77, M-126. ​​ Tickets can be purchased on-line at​​ http://keyboardconcerts.com. ​​ 

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

Now through 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is now hiring workers for 90 temporary jobs in Fresno County Calif., in advance of the 2020 Census for the following positions:

Supervisors  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ $18.00 per hour

Non-supervisors  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ $16.50 per hour

Applicants can apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs. ​​ Applicants can also learn about available jobs at the Census Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. They may also contact the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.

 

Now through Thursday, November 14th

Campus and local community members can get their hearing evaluated for free through Fresno State’s Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the on-campus Audiology Clinic, the two-hour evaluations test for hearing loss, including the type and severity of the loss. Appointments must be made in advance by completing a case history form, available online. Upon approval, an appointment may be scheduled based on availability. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis as the number of evaluations are limited during the semester. Clients must be at least 3 years old and be able to follow basic commands. The comprehensive evaluations provide advanced clinical training and research opportunities for speech-language pathology students, who are supervised by licensed and nationally certified audiologists. For more information, call 559-278-2422 or e-mail​​ cddssa@csufresno.edu.​​ 

 

During Flu Season 2019-2020

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) is offering its vaccination clinic schedule for the 2019-2020 flu season. ​​ The first flu vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the American Legion Hall located at 3509 N. First Street Fresno. The no cost flu vaccination clinics will be held throughout the season at multiple locations across the county. ​​ The 2019-2020 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 special flu vaccination events promoted in retail stores. ​​ Information regarding flu vaccination opportunities can be found at​​ www.flu.gov. ​​ For dates, times and locations of the FCDPH flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit​​ www.fcdph.org/flu​​ or call the toll-free immunization information line at 1-888-993-3003.

For additional information regarding the flu season, please contact the FCDPH Immunization Program at (559) 600-3550. ​​ 

 

Saturday, March 23rd​​ through Saturday, November 16th

The Intermountain Nursery, located at 30443 N. Auberry Rd. Prather, will hold a series of workshops and classes at the Nursery. ​​ To see the class/workshop schedule, go to​​ http://www.intermountainnursery.com/classes.htm.​​ 

 

Wednesdays, starting August 28th ​​​​ 

New Horizons Music provides adults a great entry or reentry into music making! Whether you were in school band or orchestra, would like to learn a new instrument or have only dreamed of playing, New Horizons offers a welcoming environment that offers you the chance to participate and progress at your own rate. Some 70 people already participate-and we have a mariachi band! ​​ Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays beginning August 29 at 5:30 p.m. for string ensembles and 6:30 p.m. for band. Groups perform at least two concerts each school year. All meetings are at the Bullard High School Band Room, 5445 N. Palm, Fresno. For more information, contact Craig Erker at​​ craig.erker@gmail.com. ​​ Register through Fresno Adult School at​​ www.fas.edu.​​ 

 

Throughout October:

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) is raising awareness about safe infant sleep during Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October and is inviting county residents to participate in a fun and friendly photo activity: #SafeSleepSnap. ​​ Fresno County residents can participate by posting a photo on social media of a baby (up to 12 months of age) in a safe sleep environment. Residents are asked to use the hashtag #SafeSleepSnap so everyone can see the pictures of babies in a safe sleep environment. ​​ Practicing safe infant sleep can be fun. Creativity, humor, and captions are encouraged in the photos, if the baby’s sleep environment is still safe and follows safe infant sleep recommendations. ​​ These recommendations are available at​​ https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/safesleepbasics/about. ​​ County residents can show off their babies and help other parents and caregivers to see that infant sleep can be safe and fun. ​​ Here are the specifics:

1. Post a photo of a baby, grandbaby, niece, or nephew in—or next to—a safe sleep

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ environment.

2. Use the hashtag #SafeSleepSnap in the post.

3. Give yourself kudos for taking part in Healthy Fresno County’s #SafeSleepSnap and  ​​​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Helping raise awareness about safe infant sleep.

FCDPH will also be posting #SafeSleepSnap photos on the Healthy Fresno County Facebook page throughout October, so please like and share on Facebook.

 

Friday, October 25th​​ through Sunday, December 22nd

“She Loves Me” will be performed in Good Company Players’ 2nd​​ Space Theatre starting October 25th. ​​ Holiday happiness takes the stage with a romance that inspired “You’ve Got Mail”. ​​ In this 1930s romantic comedy, two feuding perfume clerks have no idea that they have been falling in love with each other as pen pals. As far as they know, they can’t stand each other, but, in the evening, each rapturously writes to their anonymous “dear friend” when the workday is done. They soon arrange to meet in person – which doesn’t go well. Written by the composers of Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me is one of the most charming musicals ever written, featuring a talented ensemble playing a range of memorable characters. ​​ “She Loves Me” plays at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre through December 22nd.​​ Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 general admission; $17 for students/seniors/military; $12 student rush.  For more information, call 559-266-0660/800-371-4747, or buy tickets online at 2ndspacetheatre.com. ​​ 2nd Space Theatre is located at 928 E. Olive in the Tower District. 

 

Thursday, October 31st​​ through Sunday, November 3rd

The “2019 Cello│Fresno – International Cello Festival” will take place on the Fresno State campus and will include two large gala concerts with orchestras, a concerto competition and many master classes and lecture sessions. ​​ Local violin makers will also be showing their instruments and answering questions. Among the international guest artists is Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. ​​ He was professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, president of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, music director of Kirishima International Music Festival and is currently the president of the famed Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The “Cello Mania” concert features the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday, November 1st​​ at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 general, $10 employees and seniors, and $5 for students. The 2019 Fresno Concerto Competition is at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 2nd, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Admission is free. The “Closing Gala Concert” is at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 3rd​​ at Fresno High School’s Royce Hall. Admission is free.

 

Friday, November 1st​​ through Saturday, November 9th

University Theatre is will present “Fat Pig” from November 1st​​ through 9th​​ at the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre in the Speech Arts building. The Fresno premiere is written by Neil LaBute and directed by Brad Myers. “Cow.” “Slob.” “Pig.” How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow friends, Tom comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional​​ good looks. Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Children under 5 not admitted. Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday nights. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday nights, parking permits are $5 and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

 

Thursday, November 7th​​ through end of December

For the next two months, the Fresno County Public Library’s Central Library will host a national exhibit that graphically illustrates poverty and housing issues in America today. ​​ It was inspired by Matthew Desmond’s book, EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City.​​  ​​​​ Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. ​​ He has authored four books, including EVICTED, which won a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for nonfiction.​​ ​​ In EVICTED, Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. ​​ The book seeks to improve our understanding of 21st-century poverty and economic exploitation, while providing fresh ideas for solving one of America’s most persistent problems. Its scenes of hope and loss remind us of the importance of home, without which nothing else is possible. ​​​​ The Central Library is located at 2420 Mariposa Street and Warnors at 1400 Fulton Street, both in Fresno. ​​​​ For more information about the EVICTED exhibit and other Library programs, services, and specific branch hours, please go to www.fresnolibrary.org or call Rocky Vang at (559) 600-6274.

 

Thursday, November 14th​​ through Saturday, November 23rd

Fresno Pacific University presents “Leaving Iowa: The Comedy About Family Vacations” by Spike Manton and Tim Clue. ​​ “Leaving Iowa” is a wild family road trip comedy about the joy to be found on a family vacation...and the family that's still looking. Join FPU for an evening of travel, revisiting the past, and several meltdowns...buckle up, y'all...it's gonna be quite a trip. ​​ The play will be performed November 14-16 & 21-23 at 7pm, and Sunday, November 17 at 2pm. All performances are in North Hall 123 at Fresno Pacific University (inside the corner of Chestnut and Butler) 1717 Chestnut Ave. Fresno. ​​ For tickets or more information, go to​​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaving-iowa-the-comedy-about-family-vacations-tickets-70563075057. ​​ You can also contact Mark Miller at​​ mark.miller@fresno.edu​​ or at 559-453-3429.

 

Election Season 2020

Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, Brandi Orth, is seeking Fresno County residents interested in actively participating in County elections as Election Workers and Election Outreach Coordinators. These part-time paid positions will help to support elections activities throughout the County during peak election season. ​​ The Elections Office is currently recruiting for the following two positions:

Elections Outreach Coordinator (Extra Help)

An Elections Outreach Coordinator plans, organizes and coordinates a specific election activity during an election period. These individuals will troubleshoot vote center equipment; assist with the preparation of supplies for set-up and storage at a vote​​ center; operate modern office equipment used in voter registration and election activities; and perform related work as required.​​ 

Elections Worker (Extra Help)

Elections Workers provide support to elections activities during peak election periods. These individuals will assist the public with inquiries related to voter ballots and the voting process; perform data entry of voting information; process and/or resolve electronic record issues; operate extraction machines to open and extract ballots for processing; and perform other duties as required.​​ 

The Elections Office recently produced a recruitment video to encourage participation. The video may be found at​​ https://videopress.com/v/BsJi4AQB. ​​ More information may be found by calling (559) 600-1620 , by emailing​​ Clerk-Elections@fresnocountyca.gov​​ or online at http://votefresnocounty.com.​​ 

 

ONGOING

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 Monday

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.

 

Every Tuesday​​ 

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

 

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday:

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering free drop in classes three days per week, featuring Meditation for Stress Reduction and Personal Growth. ​​ You can learn relaxation techniques, regain control over​​ the mind, increase self esteem, and experience inner peace​​ and harmony in your life. ​​​​ The classes will be offered Wednesdays​​ from 7 - 8 pm at​​ St. Paul’s Catholic Newman Center​​ In the Library - west end of hallway​​ - 1572 E. Barstow Ave. Fresno. ​​ Also on​​ Thursdays​​ from 7- 8 pm,​​ and​​ Sundays from 10- 11 am, both meeting​​ at 7319 N. Fourth St. Fresno.

 

First and Third Thursday of each month:

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

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

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

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

 

Every Wednesday and Friday

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

 

Every Friday

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. ​​ 

 

Every Friday

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

 

Every Saturday  

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

 

Every Saturday 

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

 

Most Saturdays 

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

 

Saturdays

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. 

 

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.  

 

Every Sunday

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.

 

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month:

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

officers-4405971@toastmastersclubs.org

 

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

 

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

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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

 

Every Thursday: 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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