KFCF Community Calendar

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KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 10/8/21

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

 

DAILY CALENDAR

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

 

Starting Now:

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

 

Friday, October 8th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center invites you to a presentation by​​ Mike Rhodes, Bob McCloskey, and Dez Martinez​​ on the topic “House Keys, Not Handcuffs,” addressing the homeless issue in Fresno, Reedley, and the San Joaquin Valley.  ​​​​ Go to​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpfuCgrzopGtDGNtfWJtv4DmouTQhWyHQh​​ to register for the meeting. ​​ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ​​ ​​ ​​​​ It begins at 6 p.m.

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Friday, October 8th

Cineculture invites you to a free screening of “Tu te souviendras de moi,”​​ a drama film, directed by French-Canadian Éric Tessier and based on the 2013 theatrical play by French-Canadian writer François Archambault. ​​ It narrates the story of Édouard Beauchemin (Rémy Girard), a historian and highly visible media intellectual who prides himself on a broad philosophical insight and encyclopedic memory, but is now developing dementia and severe short-term memory loss. ​​ The film shows how this can affect Beauchemin’s family. ​​ Much of the film’s drama lies in the scenes between Beauchemin and a college-age but blasé Berenice who brings the film to a cathartic resolution. The film's premiere, originally slated for March 20, 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. ​​ The film instead premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival in August 2020, was screened at the 2020 Whistler Film Festival, British Columbia, Canada where Girard won the Borsos Competition award for Best Performance in a Canadian Film. In French with English subtitles. ​​ To see the​​ trailer, go to​​ https://vimeo.com/428584421.  ​​​​ Sponsors: The French Program and the Department​​ of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures. ​​ To view the film, go to​​ Film Link:​​ https://vimeo.com/556143904,​​ Password: #REMEMBER.​​ 

 

Friday, October 8th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to​​ "Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs,"​​ a​​ Fresno Pacific University Fall Choral Concert. Performers include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, the Women's Chorale and Pacific Brass instrumental ensemble. Soloists George Dougherty, trumpet; Christa Pehl Evans, flute; Timothy Johnson, violin; and Matthew Horton, piano, with​​ Jeffrey Wilson, conductor.​​ The performance is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2257​​ or e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

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

The 28th Annual Oakhurst Fall Festival, presented by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce the return of its "Small Town Fair" from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. Save the date for a weekend of fun for the entire family! ​​​​ The Oakhurst Community Park will be filled with more rides, food, local wine samplings, hand-crafted beers, and specialty booths, than ever before. The Oakhurst Fall Festival is the largest event in Eastern Madera County with attendance from locals and the surrounding communities of Madera, Fresno, and the northern and southern tips of California. ​​​​ The Force will be STRONG at 7:00 PM Friday, as Jedi and villains from Star Wars wreak havoc on the festival. Light Sabers will be loaned for training, or you can take home your very own. Other children's activities include face painting, rides, games, and much more. ​​​​ What’s a small-town fall fair without candy apples, and a picture-perfect pumpkin patch? ​​​​ New this year, the Small Town Barn Dance featuring the musical act, 82 DeLuxe will perform on Saturday night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Shine up the cowboy boots, or any dancing shoes, and join in a swinging good time! ​​ ​​​​ Look for more of everyone's favorite carnival rides this year. Tickets for rides will be available for sale separately from admission into the festival. ​​​​ 

Enjoy a delicious variety of food trucks. With live, acoustic music playing in the food court Saturday and Sunday. Then explore vendor booths offering crafts, art, clothing, and collectibles. ​​​​ Saturday the Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilion is open from 12:00​​ noon​​ to 5:00​​ pm. Taste hand-crafted brew from Oakhurst’s South Gate Brewing as well as other California brewers. Sip wine from local wineries along the Madera Wine Trail, and beyond. Plus a special treat from Mariposa’s own Sierra Cider, pouring handcrafted Hard Cider. ​​​​ 2021 Oakhurst Fall Festival hours:

Friday, October 8 | 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday, October 9 | 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Sunday, October 10 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Daily admission is only $3 per person and kids under five are free. Back by popular demand is the three-day pass for only $5 per person. Tickets are sold at the gate. Saturday's Beer and Wine Tasting Pavilion tickets and souvenir glasses are sold separately. ​​ Discover big fun at a "Small Town Fair" near the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park. The Oakhurst Community Park is located at 49074 Civic Circle​​ Drive in Oakhurst, near Highway 41 and Highway 49 intersection. Follow the signs to this FUN event for the entire family! ​​​​ To learn more, contact the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce at (559) 683-7766, or visit​​ https://oakhurstchamber.com/fall-festival/.​​  ​​​​ 

 

Saturday, October 9th

Central California Legal Services invites you to their “Champions of Justice” Award event. ​​ This year’s honorees include​​ Mary Castro, First Lady of California State University, with the​​ with the Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award and Mrs. Mary A. Curry with the Inaugural Mary A. Curry Communities Rising Award.​​ And​​ Ms. Elizabeth Diaz​​ will receive​​ the inaugural Cruz Reynoso Legacy Award. Justice Reynoso was known for his compassion, kindness and humility. Born into a farmworker family, he was the first Latino Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court, and served under four Presidents. He received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton. ​​​​ In 2014, Ms. Diaz was appointed to serve as the Fresno County Public Defender making her the first woman to serve in this capacity and the first Latina in the state to occupy such a position. She has devoted her entire legal career to effective representation of indigent clients. She has a legacy of compassion, fighting for justice and equality for all – she recognizes that “preserving a client’s right in a case helps to ensure that everyone continues to have their rights protected.” Since 1992 she has served on the Board of Directors for Centro La Familia Advocacy Services and continues to volunteer assisting their clients since retiring earlier this year from the county. ​​ Please join us in celebrating their amazing accomplishments. ​​​​ The event is from 4-6:30 p.m. at the San Joaquin River Parkway, 11605 Old Friant Rd., Fresno. ​​ For sponsorship information, contact​​ luisa@centralcallegal.org, or call (559) 570-1242.

 

Saturday, October 9th

There will be an on-line memorial tribute to Ellie Bluestein starting at 2 p.m. ​​ The program will run for about one hour and only family will be speaking live.​​ The family would​​ love for you to record a video tribute or memory of Ellie that​​ they​​ can share, so please go to this link​​ https://www.tribute.co/ellie-bluestein/​​ to record your message. Please record your videos by September 25 so we have time put them together. ​​ Written recollections can be sent to ellietribute@gmail.com. Both will be made available to all. We plan to record the event for those unable to tune in. You can also check here​​ http://www.evobluestein.com/obituary-for-ellie-bluestein/​​ for updates.

 

Saturday, October 9th

“Aloha in the Park” takes place starting at 10:30 a.m. at Dry Creek Park in Clovis, sponsored by​​ Hula I Ka La Hawaiian Cultural Foundation. ​​ This year’s event features a Conch Shell Blowing Contest! ​​ Bring your own​​ or purchase a shell at Dry Creek Park. ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://www.facebook.com/events/1015968192540134.​​ 

 

Saturday, October 9th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to “Managing Pain Using Soul Consciousness,” with Dr. Vinod Mungalpara who has worked as a surgeon, anesthesiologist and now works in pain management. ​​ He’s been studying and practicing Rajayoga Meditation for over 4 years. ​​ This Zoom event will answer the questions, “what is soul consciousness?” and “what to do practically for alleviating pain and bringing some good change in life?” ​​ Register at​​ www.bksanfrancisco.org/special-events.php​​ to receive a Zoom link by e-mail.

 

Wednesday, October 13th​​ 

CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) invites you to a free​​ Online Workshop:​​ DaVinci Resolve” from 6-8 p.m. ​​ Don’t have access to Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X but need something just as powerful? No sweat. DaVinci Resolve is a great, free alternative. We’ll show you how to get started, understand the tools, and navigate the software. ​​​​ For more information, contact​​ Jeff Stamps​​ at​​ info@cmac.tv. ​​ To register, go to​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdu6hrT4uGdOEwBL6ociOjlsbXCcfC17l.​​ 

 

Wednesday, October 13th

Top care journalists from around the country will join the Roger Tatarian Symposium for “On the Front Lines: Health Care Reporting in a Pandemic” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Anna Maria Barry-Jester, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News; Felice J. Freyer, health care reporter, Boston Globe; Naseem Miller, senior health editor, The Journalist’s Resource; and Meredith Cohn, health and medicine reporter, The Baltimore Sun, will discuss their experiences covering the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has changed health care journalism. The Roger Tatarian Symposiums bring top national and international journalists to share important media issues of the day with the campus and broader community. Presented by the​​ Fresno State​​ Department of Media, Communications and Journalism.​​ ​​ To register, go to​​ https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1692/GID2/blank.aspx?sid=1692&gid=2&pgid=1779&cid=3409.​​ 

 

Wednesday, October 13th

Award-winning artist Ann Hamilton will present her lecture “Art, Connection and Interaction” at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. Registration is free, and the public is invited to participate. In the session, Hamilton will talk about her projects in the context of how art makes connections and promotes interactions among concepts, objects, spaces, and human beings. Her talk will challenge the audience to reconsider their existing perceptions of art through a lens of social engagement. Hamilton’s large-scale multimedia installations, public projects and performance have significantly impacted countless people around the world. The event is part of the​​ Fresno State​​ Art Education Fall Guest Speaker Series. It is sponsored by The California Arts Project, Fresno State ASI, the Department of Art and Design and the Center for Creativity and the Arts. ​​​​ Go to​​ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8E9AX8pAqATbfDApZsFw2T9VtcJg9THyFTF_EYz7p8t1dPQ/viewform​​ to register for this free event.​​ 

 

Saturday, October 16th​​ 

Fresno State’s Keyboard Concert will hold a​​ Master Class​​ with Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee​​ at the Fresno State Concert Hall at 9 a.m. ​​ Admission is free.​​ 

 

Saturday, October 16th

The West Side Theatre in Newman is pleased to announce​​ they​​ are open and offer live entertainment through​​ October​​ at​​ their​​ restored 1940’s movie house, now a non-profit arts center. ​​​​ On October 16th, the West Side Theatre presents​​ Heartless Tribute to Heart,​​ California’s premier Heart Tribute Band, inspired by more than 30 years of Rock & Roll magic from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. At every performance, Heartless a Tribute to Heart takes you on a musical journey from the 1970s to today! Heartless a Tribute To Heart is made up of six passionate musicians.

For tickets, go to​​ www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5144478​​ or call 209-862-4490. ​​ For more information about Westside Theatre, go to​​ www.westsidetheatre.org.

 

Sunday, October 17th

The Edward O. Lund Foundation invites you to an exhibit and silent auction of works from some of the Valley’s finest artists. ​​ And the Mad Duck’s Alex Costa will guide a tasting of fine scotch and bold Duck brews, while the Ben Boone Quartet takes you on a musical journey of spectacular jazz. ​​ The culinary team at the Mad Duck will also provide a bounty of bites and additional bevvies to fill the soul and complete the embrace of this Ed-Spirit-filled event under the setting sky. ​​ This is an outdoor, open air event, so please dress appropriately and follow any COVID protcols in effect on 10/17. ​​ Tickets are $40 with some limited reserved seating available. ​​ The event is from 4-7 p.m. at the Mad Duck-in the Square, at 3085 E. Campus Point Drive near Fresno State. ​​ For tickets and mor information, go to​​ www.lundfoundation.org.​​ ​​ ALL proceeds benefit scholarships for Students of the Arts at Fresno State. ​​ 

 

Sunday, October 17th

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization invites you to participate in World Peace Hour for an insightful message and guided meditation. ​​ Experience your inner powers, connect with the source of all powers, and give power to the world. ​​ The presenter will be BBK Vaishali Jogi, a Rajayoga Meditation Teacher for over 20 years and Senior Management Consultant for City College of San Francisco. ​​ The event is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ​​ Register at​​ www.bksanfrancisco.org/special-events.php​​ to receive the Zoom link by e-mail. ​​ For questions, call 559-435-2212 or send e-mail to​​ rayajoyga108@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Tuesday, October 19th

As part of the National Week of Action Against School Pushout October 16th-24th 2021 the Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) coalition, and community-based organizations from other parts of California, are hosting a webinar focused on the theme and demand “FROM SYSTEMS OF HARM TO SYSTEMS OF CARE.” ​​​​ Register at​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xIW-jiAsQcaK328e5VIytQ​​ for this Zoom event. ​​ For more information, contact​​ Maria Hernandez at​​ info@cvmb.org.​​ 

 

Wednesday, October 20th

The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting​​ at 7​​ p.m.​​ via Zoom

Featuring a book talk with Daniel O’Connels on his book​​ "In The Struggle." From the early twentieth century and across generations to the present, In the Struggle brings together the stories of eight politically engaged scholars, documenting their opposition to industrial-scale agribusiness in California. As the narrative unfolds, their previously censored and suppressed research, together with personal accounts of intimidation and subterfuge, is introduced into the public arena for the first time. In his book talk, Daniel O’Connell will describe the historic, subterranean slugfests over water rights, labor organizing, and the corruption of democratic principles and public institutions, much of which transpired in the San Joaquin Valley.​​ ​​ Go to​​ http://www.sierraclub.org/tehipite​​ to register in advance​​ for this event.​​ 

 

Friday, October 22nd​​ through Sunday, October 24th

The Fresno County Historical Society invites you to “Mystery at Kearney Mansion.” ​​ Do you think you are a good detective? Do you always try to solve the murder before the end of the story? Have you always wondered what really happens behind the closed doors of Kearney Mansion? Now you can find out the answers to all these questions and more at the Mystery at Kearney Mansion special event this October.​​ ​​ Test your sleuthing skills as you interview suspects, find clues and solve a murder mystery…if you can! This fully interactive experience features a cast of colorful characters that will trick and treat you to a delightful and frightful affair…it is no coincidence that THIS murder takes place near Halloween! ​​​​ Five performances are available from October 22nd through 24th, and tickets are extremely limited. Don’t delay, or you may be left out in the cold…the cold of the old Ice House that is! All proceeds benefit your Fresno County Historical Society. ​​​​ Tickets for dinner and the Mystery are $150 (or $120 for the afternoon matinee). ​​ For tickets and more information, go to​​ https://www.valleyhistory.org/mystery-dinner-at-kearney-manor.​​ 

 

Saturday, October 23rd

The Central Valley Heart & Stroke Walk takes place starting at Tesoro Viejo,​​ 4150 Town Center Blvd Ste 101​​ in​​ Madera​​ (starting time TBA). ​​ Get ready to get moving, honor survivors, and raise lifesaving funds. Remember, you keep hearts beating – the hearts of moms, dads, brothers, aunts and babies.​​ They​​ need you. “Lace up” and sign up now. ​​​​ 

When you do, you will: ​​​​ Get Moving with​​ their​​ activity tracker and movement challenges on​​ their​​ mobile app;​​ Get Connected:​​ it's now easier than ever to connect, share and raise critical funds;​​ Get Rewarded earn Heart Walk gear like caps, shirts, jackets and more;​​ Get Inspired get creative, move wherever you are, any way you want – include your family too. ​​ This is a two mile walk. ​​ To register, go to​​ https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=heartwalk_register&fr_id=6218.​​ 

 

Saturday, October 23rd

The City of Chowchilla is gathering local businesses, non-profits, community residents and faith-based organizations to help beautify Chowchilla and keep the City clean. ​​ Volunteers will gather from 9-11 a.m. at Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S. 2nd​​ Street. ​​ For more information, e-mail​​ DPalmer@CityofChowchilla.org.​​ 

 

Saturday, October 23rd

The West Side Theatre in Newman is pleased to announce​​ they​​ are open and offer live entertainment through​​ October​​ at​​ their​​ restored 1940’s movie house, now a non-profit arts center. ​​​​ On October 23, the Westside Theatre presents the Refugees Tom Petty Tribute,​​ entertaining Bay Area crowds since 2007, bringing the music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to local stages with a stunning level of realism. Recreating all the signature guitar solos and rich vocal harmonies down to the smallest detail, The Refugees can make even die-hard Petty fans feel like they are at another Tom Petty concert. ​​​​ For tickets, go to​​ www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5144483 or call 209-862-4490. ​​ For more information about Westside Theatre, go to​​ www.westsidetheatre.org.​​ 

 

Sunday, October 24th

Join Peace Fresno for an Open House with Lunch from 1-3 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence,​​ 1584 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno. ​​ This will be a​​ a casual gathering to celebrate Peace Fresno’s 20th birthday, the relaxation of COVID restrictions, and troops out of Afghanistan. ​​​​ Peace Fresno membership is not required.​​ They​​ need to hear from you by Saturday. October 23 if you plan to come. Contact Bev at 559-355-9717 or​​ dfitzpatrick29@comcast.net.​​ 

 

Sunday, October 24th

United Cerebral Palsy of Central California is holding its inaugural “Bags, Bites & Brews” Tournament of Champions fundraiser. ​​ There will be food trucks, raffles, music, beer, and cornhole for kids. ​​ It takes place at Hanford’s Civic Auditorium and the cost to register is $35 for adults, $20 for juniors, and children under 12 are free. ​​ First prize is $500; 2nd​​ prize, $300, for each division. ​​ Check in is at 10 a.m. ​​ To register, go to​​ www.ucpcchanfordcornhole.org.​​ UCPCC provides day programs for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and other intellectual and developmental disabilities in a seven-county area of Central California that includes Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Kern counties.

 

Sunday, October 24th

Fresno Art Museum is offering a Zoom event where you can learn about and how to create Mexican Sugar Skulls with artist Diego Marcial Rios. ​​ This is a fun and informative presentation for adults and children age 11 and up. ​​ The cost is $10 per log-in. ​​ The registration link, more about the artist, supply lists (with links to purchase mask mold) and a list of needed ingredients are available at FresnoArtMuseum.org/sugar, or by calling (559) 441-4221.​​ 

 

Friday, October 29th​​ 

The Reedley Peace Center invites you to a 6 p.m. presentation by​​ Dr. Ben Goossen, Historian, Harvard University, on the topic “Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era.” ​​ More information will follow. ​​​​ To register for the meeting, go to​​ https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdeqorjwqGtAVtQImjgDUHbUQTv8AiJWG. ​​ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Friday, October 29th

Join​​ the Fresno Art Museum​​ for a night of entertainment by The Killer Dueling Pianos. The nationally-known duo brings you interactive piano madness for a most memorable night! Specialty themed cocktails with a spooky flair! Come dressed in costume if you wish! Tricks and Treats through the night! The Killer Dueling Pianos will perform in the Museum's Sculpture Garden. ​​​​ Dinner tickets are $280. ​​ Doors open at 6:30 p.m.​​ and​​ dinner​​ will be​​ served at 7:00 p.m.​​ ​​ The​​ show starts at 8:30 p.m. ​​​​ Enjoy a three-course themed dinner especially created by The Painted Table. Includes two Wine and/or a specialty cocktails during dinner. Priority seating for The Killer Dueling Pianos during the show. ​​​​ You can also see the show without dinner for $75. ​​ Doors open for general admission at 8 with an 8:30 start time for the show. ​​ A mask covering both nose & mouth is required. ​​​​ To purchase dinner or general admission tickets, go to​​ https://fammuseumstore.shopsettings.com/A-GRAVE-AFFAIR-c117970017.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 6th

Fresno Art Museum invites you to a one-day still life painting workshop with nationally known Bay Area teacher, artist and colorist Elio Camacho. ​​ The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fresno Art Museum Sculpture Garden (weather permitting) or in the Bonner Auditorium (your choice, as there will be a still life setup both inside and outside). The cost is $95 for Museum members and $110 for non-members, not including art materials or lunch. ​​ Enrollment is limited to 12 students. ​​ Go to fresnoartmuseum.org/eliocamacho for​​ more information,​​ a supply list​​ and a registration form. ​​ Masks are required indoors or when in close proximity outdoors. ​​ For more information, contact​​ susan@fresnoartmuseum.org.​​ 

 

Sunday, November 7th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to join them at​​ 10:00 a.m. Sunday​​ when​​ Fresno Pacific University choirs sing in morning worship service,​​ at​​ North Fresno Mennonite Church, 5724 N. Fresno St., Fresno. Admission is free.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2257​​ or e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Sunday, November 7th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to a​​ Fresno Pacific University Choir Concert​​ at​​ ​​ Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens, 5555 N. Fresno St., Fresno. Admission is free.​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2257​​ or e-mail​​ ​​ music@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Saturday, November 13th

The YMCA ladies service organization​​ (the Y’s Menettes) is holding a huge Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting)​​ on Armstrong Ave. near Butler Ave. (Follow signs),​​ South of Kings Canyon Ave.​​ in Fresno. ​​ Items for sale​​ include​​ collectibles, estate sales,​​ women’s, men’s and children’s clothes,​​ household items, toys, beddings, shoes, purses, books, records, tools, hardware, decorations,​​ Christmas decorations​​ and much more. ​​​​ Masks & social distancing recommended. ​​ 

 

Saturday, November 13th

New Covenant Holiday Boutique​​ takes place from​​ 9 am to 3 pm​​ at the New Covenant Community Church at 1744 E. Nees Ave. in Fresno. ​​ There will be gifts, food and a silent auction. ​​ 

 

Wednesday, November 17th

Fresno Pacific University invites you to a​​ Pacific University Symphonic Band & Pacific Brass Concert​​ at​​ 7:30 p.m.​​ at​​ Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.​​ For more information call​​ 559-453-2257​​ or e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Sunday, November 21st

Fresno Pacific University invites you to​​ "A Festival of Lessons & Carols," Fresno Pacific University Christmas Concert and Worship Service with music and readings.​​ Performances are at​​ 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.​​ at the​​ First Congregational Church "The Big Red Church," 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno.​​ ​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2257​​ or e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu.​​ 

 

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Fresno State’s Keyboard Concerts is holding a special event starting at 3 p.m. at the Fresno State Concert Hall. It features a concert by 16 year​​ pianist Aidan Purtell,​​ a new and exciting appearance on the firmament of young and emerging artists. A student of Andreas Werz, he has already numerous performances in California and Germany to his credit receiving praise for his prodigious technique and imaginative interpretations of repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary. ​​​​ He will perform Gould’s​​ ​​ Ghost Waltzes, Beethoven’s​​ Sonata in E-flat Major, Op.7, Stravinsky’s​​ Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka (1911), and Brahms’​​ Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op.2. ​​ For tickets or more information, go to​​ http://www.keyboardconcerts.com/events/season-50/aidan-purtell/.​​ 

 

Wednesday, January 19th​​ 2022-Saturday, January 22nd

The Ecological Farming Association is holding it’s annual 2022 conference with the theme, “Rooted in Resilience.” ​​ The 42nd​​ EcoFarm Conference​​ is​​ an​​ annual gathering of agriculturalists working to advance ecological, equitable farms and food systems.​​ The​​ theme of Rooted in Resilience is so appropriate as we face the devastation of wildfire season and hope for recovery from the pandemic. ​​​​ They​​ look forward to coming​​ together with you in person for​​ the​​ annual EcoFarm Conference at the Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds. Save the date for visionary keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, pre-conference events, seed swaps, networking, farm tours, and our expo! Registration opening in mid September with more details to come. The conference will accommodate evolving COVID safety protocols, with some virtual content to be presented post-conference. Visit​​ www.eco-farm.org/conference​​ to learn more.

 

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

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

 

Friday, March 4th, 2022

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

 

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

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

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

 

MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS:

 

Flu Season 2021-2022

No-cost flu vaccination clinics will be held throughout the season at multiple locations across​​ Fresno​​ county. Social distancing will be maintained at all flu vaccination clinic sites and masks will be required per state guidance, except for those exempt due to a medical condition or age. The 2021-2022 flu vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses that are most likely to cause disease this season. While it cannot prevent all​​ cases of the flu, the vaccine is the best defense against the disease and the potential serious complications from it that can include pneumonia and/or death. ​​​​ After receiving the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for protection to develop, and protection lasts several months to a year. If a child nine years or younger is receiving their first flu vaccine, they should receive two vaccines this season separated by a timeframe of four weeks.​​  ​​​​ Health officials are encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated regardless of age or health status. Fresno County residents with insurance coverage should contact their health care provider regarding flu vaccination availability. Vaccines may also be available at physician offices, clinics, pharmacies and at community flu vaccination events. ​​​​ For dates, times and locations of the FCDPH flu vaccination clinics for Fresno County residents, please visit​​ www.fcdph.org/noflu. ​​ For additional information regarding the influenza (flu) season, please contact the FCDPH Immunization Program at (559) 600-3550. ​​ 

 

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

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

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

 

Friday, August 13th​​ through Sunday, October 10th

The Good Company Players presents Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” at GPC’s 2nd​​ Space Theatre.  ​​​​ Newlyweds learn that marriage is no walk in the park in Neil Simon’s 1960’s autobiographical romantic comedy. Straight-laced lawyer Paul and free-spirited Corie can’t escape their differences in their tiny New York apartment. Complications multiply when they decide to fix Corie’s mother up with their bohemian neighbor, and the course of true love is far from smooth!​​ ​​ Show​​ times​​ are​​ Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m., & Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. ​​​​ Prices​​ are​​ $20 general admission; $17 students/seniors/military; ​​ $12 student rush. ​​ Groups of 16 or more are eligible for discounts. For information and​​ group​​ reservations, call Dave at (559) 266-9493. ​​​​ For general tickets, call 559-266-0660 to reserve or online at​​ https://gcplayers.com/gcp-shows/this-random-world/. ​​ Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre​​ is located at​​ 928 E. Olive​​ in the Tower District.

 

Thursday, August 19th​​ through Sunday, October 31st

The Center for Creativity and the Arts at Fresno State will present “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall,” at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery. During the exhibition, the gallery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment Sunday. Admission is free. The exhibit and auxiliary events will follow COVID-19 protocols. ​​​​ In 1969, a routine police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, ignited a six-day clash between police and civilians that many see as the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. Fifty years later, a groundbreaking art exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum reflected the rallying cry “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow” by transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson.​​  ​​​​ The critically acclaimed 2019 exhibition is now opening for the second time to give audiences on the West Coast an opportunity to learn and reflect. ​​​​ The exhibition features artists born after the uprising whose work questions how moments become monuments while grappling with the political and cultural conditions of our time. Examined through these artists and their mediums are themes of revolt, commemoration, care and desire. ​​​​ In addition to works displayed at the 2019 Brooklyn Museum exhibition, the Center for Creativity and the Arts will work with the Brooklyn Museum to include local and West Coast artists. A catalog of the exhibition will be available through the center. ​​​​ Throughout the exhibit, there will be complementary events, including:​​ 

  • ​​ Constellating Care Networks, a Fresno City College co-sponsored satellite exhibit, Sept. 2 through Oct. 8 at the Art Space Gallery.

  • ​​ Public Reception, 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery.

  • ​​ Female Impersonator Show, 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Phebe Conley courtyard.

  • ​​ CineCulture film screenings, titles TBA.​​ 

  • ​​ Concert and Poetry Reading, featuring members of the LGBTQ+ community and led by Professor Benjamin Boone, details TBA.

  • ​​ Panel Discussion, details TBA.

 

Monday, August 23rd​​ through Friday, December 10th

Fresno Pacific University​​ is hosting the following three visual arts exhibits:

  • August 23-October 8, 2021, "Artifacts," exhibition of "Menno-Pop-Surrealist" mixed-media artworks by Chris Janzen, MFA, Fresno Pacific University assistant professor of art. Mini-retrospective gathering work created from 2011-2021. McDonald Hall, first floor corridor, FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.

  • ​​ October 18-December 10, 2021, "Eliana Soto: Recent Paintings," display of colorful and highly detailed pop art-inspired oil paintings by Eliana Soto, a Fresno-based artist and educator. McDonald Hall, first floor corridor, Fresno Pacific University main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.

  • ​​ October 4-November 12, 2021, "Fermata," abstract paintings and drawings inspired by parenthood, illustrating a pursuit of balance, symmetry and the many​​ traditions of painting in history by Zach Bohny, MFA, art faculty, Fresno State University. Sattler 104 Art Gallery, Fresno Pacific University main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.

 

 

For the month of​​ October

Starting in September, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering​​ zoom meditation classes 3 times per week. ​​ Please note the following class schedule:

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Mondays and Thursdays: ​​​​ 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Sundays: ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Password and ID for all the meditation classes is the same:  ​​​​ ID 277 751 8092,  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Register by email​​ to​​ rajayoga108@gmail.com​​ or ​​ vkapoor740@gmail.com.​​ 

 

Thursday, September 16th​​ through Sunday, November 7th​​ 

Good Company Players' Roger Rocka's​​ Dinner Theater presents “The Addams Family,” the spooktacularly funny foibles of an Abnormal American Family​​ that​​ make for a giddy explosion of song and dance. This salute to the popular 1960s TV series is packed with nutty nostalgia and ghoulish gags. ​​ Please be advised that due to the changes in tiers and capacity allowed, our floor plan is currently in flux, we will do our best to let you know what seats are available at your requested performance. ​​​​ As of now​​ all visitors must have proof they are fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus.​​ Dinner shows are as follows:

  • Thursdays - a buffet is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a Pre-Show featuring Good Company Players’ Junior Company at 7:00 and the performance at 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday & Saturday - dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. and the performance at 8:00 p.m.​​ 

  • Sunday matinee - a brunch buffet is served beginning at 11 a.m., with the Pre-Show at 1 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m.

  • Sunday evening - a buffet is served beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the Pre-Show at 7:00 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.​​ 

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

 

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

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

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

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

  • “This is Our Youth” at the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre from October 29th​​ – November 6th. ​​ In meticulous, hilarious and agonizing detail, “This is Our Youth” follows 48 hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan era. They are Warren Straub, a dejected 19-year old who steals $15,000 from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic, domineering, drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, “This is Our Youth” is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood. (A Fresno premiere.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday, October 9th​​ through Tuesday, October 26th

The Fresno State Mobile Health Unit is collaborating with Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula for a series of community resource fairs aimed at providing information from local agencies in health care, education, legal aid, workforce development and immigration services. ​​​​ The resource fairs will be at to provide free health services to the community:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Firebaugh Community Center (1655 13th St.) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Fresno Center (4879 E. Kings Canyon) from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ John Palacios Community Center (16856 4th St)​​ from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Reedley Community Center (100 N. East Ave.) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,​​ Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Residents can receive diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as health assessments and referrals. A limited amount of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be available, and by appointment only, to those who need first and second doses, in addition to third doses for immunocompromised individuals who meet the criteria. Walk-in patients will be accepted only if appointments are not fully booked or extra vaccines are available. To schedule an appointment, visit​​ https://myturn.ca.gov. ​​​​ The Mobile​​ Health Unit, coordinated by the Fresno State School of Nursing, travels to various rural communities in Fresno County offering free health services to those who do not have readily available access to health care. Prior to each stop, nursing students must complete a COVID-19 training course and have their temperature checked and symptoms screened before stepping onto the health mobile unit, where full personal protective equipment is worn at all times.​​ For more information, contact​​ Melissa Tav at​​ mtav@csufresno.edu​​ or 559-278-8379. See​​ all the​​ fall 2021 dates​​ at​​ https://chhs.fresnostate.edu/nursing/laboratories/mobile-health-unit.html.​​ 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wednesday, January 19th​​ 2022-Saturday, January 22nd

The annual Ecological Farming Association Conference​​ is​​ back live at Asilomar! ​​ This is an​​ annual gathering of agriculturalists working to advance ecological, equitable farms and food systems​​ ​​ This year’s​​ theme of Rooted in Resilience is so appropriate as we face the devastation of wildfire season and hope for recovery from the pandemic. ​​​​ Save the date for visionary keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, pre-conference events, seed swaps, networking, farm tours, and our expo! Registration opening in early September with more details to come. The conference will accommodate evolving COVID safety protocols, with some virtual content to be presented post-conference. Visit​​ www.eco-farm.org/conference​​ to learn more.

 

Ongoing

 

Redistricting Access Center now open:

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

 

Starting Now:

The Fresno Art Museum is now open​​ to Museum members​​ and the general public! ​​​​ New Museum​​ hours are​​ Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 pm​​ and​​ Saturday & Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. ​​ All galleries will not be open, but there are plenty​​ of wonderful new exhibitions for you to see! ​​​​ The partial reopening gives you a great reason to come back and visit again​​ when​​ they​​ are fully reopened, which​​ they​​ anticipate happening soon! ​​​​ 

The Museum Store will be open until 4 pm on days the Museum is open. ​​​​ Masks are required for all ages 3 and up, no matter your vaccination status, and will be provided for free if you need one. ​​​​ Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum. ​​​​ No reservation is needed! ​​​​ To see which exhibits are open, go to fresnoartmuseum.org.

They​​ are offering a temporarily reduced admission​​ or non-members until all galleries are open: ​​​​ $5 for adults (18 and up)​​ and​​ $2 for children (ages 5 to 17). ​​ 

 

Starting Now:

The Fresno County Public Library​​ is pleased to announce that all Library branches throughout the county are open for walk-in services. ​​ While doors have been open since November, the Library can now provide services at pre-pandemic hours of operation.

 

Ongoing:

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

 

Summer

Fresno Cooling Centers

For the health, safety, and comfort of Fresno County residents, these designated locations may open as Cooling Centers by local governments when temperatures are forecasted by the National Weather Service (NWS) to exceed certain highs. Please note that hours and locations are subject to change, and not all locations are guaranteed to be open. For more information about cooling centers in your area, please contact your local city government directly. ​​​​ In Fresno, the following cooling centers will be open from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Mary Ella Brown Comm. Center, 1350 E. Annadale Ave

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Romain Playground, 745 N. 1st Street

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Holmes Playground, 212 S. 1st Street

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Inspiration Park, 5770 W Gettysburg Ave ​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Einstein Park, 3566 E. Dakota Ave

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Quigley Park, ​​ 808 W. Dakota Ave

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Melody Park, 5935 E. Shields Ave

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Layafette Park, 1516 E. Princeton Ave

In addition, pools are open to the public Monday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  ​​​​ at the following locations:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Mary Ella Brown Pool, 1350 E. Annadale, Bus Route: 32

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Mosqueda Pool, 4670 E. Butler, Bus Route: 26 & 28

​​ Learner Pool Locations:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Einstein Park – 3566 E. Dakota Ave

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Fink White Park – 535 S. Trinity

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Pinedale Community Center – 7170 N. San Pablo

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Quigley Neighborhood Park – 808 W. Dakota

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Romain Neighborhood Park – 745 N. First

The City’s FAX Bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from Cooling Centers. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a Cooling Center.​​ For information or assistance with the City Heat Relief Plan call (559) 621-CITY (2489)

Clovis Cooling Center

In the lobby of the Police and Fire Headquarters Building​​ at​​ 1233 5th St. (Open 24 hours, 7 days a week). ​​ Clovis Transit is free, visit the City of Clovis Transit Webpage or call (559) 324-2770.

 

Kingsburg Cooling Centers

  • Kingsburg Senior Center, 1450 Ellis St. Kingsburg, CA 93631. ​​ (559) 897-3013

  • Kingsburg City Hall, 1401 Draper St. Kingsburg, CA 93631.​​ (559) 897-5821

  • Kingsburg Fire Department (open after hours and weekends as needed)​​ at 1880​​ S Bethel Ave. Kingsburg, CA 93631. ​​ Phone Number: (559) 897-2931 (Police Department)

  • Crandell Swim Complex (free swimming when temperatures are over 105 degrees), 1900 18th Ave. Kingsburg, CA 93631.  ​​​​ (559) 897-0305

 

Sanger Cooling Centers

  • Sanger City Annex, 1789 Jensen Ave Sanger, CA 93657, (559) 876-6300 extension 1430

  • Sanger Senior Center, 730 Recreation Avenue Sanger, CA 93657,​​ (559) 876-6300

 

Merced Cooling Centers

When the temperature exceeds 100, Merced County will open the following cooling centers​​ during specified days/times to be used as cooling zones if needed:

  • ​​ The City of Atwater’s Cooling Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday at the Atwater City Hall lobby on 750 Bellevue Road.

  • ​​ The City of Dos Palos’ Cooling Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday at the City-County Building on 1546 Golden Gate Ave.

  • ​​ The City of Gustine’s Cooling Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday at the Police Department at 682 3rd Ave. or the Library at 205 Sixth St.

  • ​​ The City of Livingston’s Cooling Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday at the Police Department on 1446 C St.

  • ​​ The City of Los Banos’ Cooling Zone will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mercy Springs Church of the Nazarene on 1238 Santa Barbara Drive.

  • ​​ The City of Merced’s Cooling Zone will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Merced Civic Center on 678 W. 18th St.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Merced County libraries will also be available as Cooling Zones during normal hours. Please see the attached chart for hours and locations. ​​​​ PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 precautions will be in place at all cooling zones, including social distancing and additional sanitization. For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit​​ www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus or call 209­381-1180. ​​​​ The Bus will provide free rides on all existing fixed-routes, and passengers can get off at any designated stop near a Cooling Zone. Due to COVID-19, passengers are asked to wear a mask while riding The Bus and abide by social distancing standards. The public can also take the fixed-route bus back along the route to get home, as service is available. Check the fixed-route schedules on mercedthebus.com for exact times of availability. Transfers may be required. If you have a disability that you think might require transportation on paratransit bus service, passengers may also ride to Cooling Zones for free upon approval. To apply for paratransit service, please call: 1-877-232-7433. ​​​​ Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and keep physical activities to a minimum during the hottest parts of the day. Never leave children, pets or the elderly unattended in a parked vehicle. Keep in contact with friends and family that may be at higher risk of heat illness, including infants and young children as well as older, sick and frail people. Common symptoms of heat-related conditions include profuse sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, dimmed or blurred vision, cold damp skin, extreme tiredness, nausea and hot dry skin. ​​​​ Snacks and drinks provided at cooling zones/cooling centers are provided by PG&E.

 

Starting May 12th

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

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

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

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

 

Starting April 5, 2021:

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

 

Second & Fourth Wednesdays starting June 23rd

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

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

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

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

 

Fourth Wednesday of each month:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

EndGame 2050

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

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

 

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

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

 

Fresno Historical Society’s Virtual Time Traveler’s Event

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

 

Every weekday from noon to 1 p.m.:

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

 

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

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

 

Every Day

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

 

Every Tuesday through Thursday

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

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

 

Every Thursday and Sunday

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

 

Every Saturday  

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

 

Every Saturday 

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

 

Most Saturdays 

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

 

Every Sunday 

Food Not Bombs serves free food at Courthouse Park to anyone who is hungry. They start cooking at 1 PM and serve the food at 3 PM (meet at the Tulare side of the park). For more information go to http://cafefresno.org.  

 

First Wednesday of each month:

A Women in Black Silent Vigil takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fresno County Courthouse, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Show your support for peace and negotiated settlements of current U.S. military actions. Stand silently and advocate for peace. For more information, call 559-278-7140 or 559-225-2850.  This vigil takes place the 1st Wednesday of each month.

 

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

 

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

 

Host an International High School Exchange Student 

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

 

Ongoing:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

ON LINE EVENTS AND RESOURCES

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

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

 

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

  •   - Immigration in times of Covid 19

  •   - Border Realities

  •   - Asylum

  •  - Church efforts to address immigration

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

  •  - Church-based immigration legal services

  •  - Immigration advocacy

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Fresno Historical Society’s Time Travelers​​ 

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

 

Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF)

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ nutrition,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ administration,

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

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ case management,

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ office assistance,

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

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

  

COVID 19 Testing Available in Madera:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Free On Line Courses for First Responders and Essential Workers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Housing for At-Risk Individuals in Madera County:

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

 

Starting Now:

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

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

 

 

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