KFCF Community Calendar

NOTE: Many events have been cancelled and the City of Fresno has issued a shelter in place. Contact event first.

The City of Fresno just issued a shelter in place effective at midnight tonight. Everyone stay safe and KFCF will work to keep you updated…

The City of Fresno  Wednesday issued a “shelter in place” order for residents to limit the spread of corona virus.

The order allows residents to leave their homes for essential services, such as grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, picking up medications or going to work. When people do leave their homes, the order instructs them to practice social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet away from others. The order urges the elderly and people with illnesses to stay home as much as possible.

The order goes into effect at midnight tonight (Thursday 12:00 AM)  and will last until March 31, but it may be extended.


Some of the businesses deemed essential include:

  • Health care operations and essential infrastructure
  • Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments selling canned food, dry goods, produce, fresh meat and poultry, etc.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • Businesses providing food, shelter, and social services
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
  • Gas stations, auto supply, and auto repair
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other providers of safety and sanitation for homes and businesses
  • Mailing and shipping services, including P.O. boxes
  • Educations institutions, provided they account for social distancing of at least six feet to the greatest extent possible
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
  • Restaurants and other facilities preparing and serving food, but only for takeout and delivery
  • Businesses supplying products to people who work from home
  • Businesses supplying other essential businesses with support or supplies necessary to operate
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to homes
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers for essential activities
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children
  • Professional services — like legal or accounting — when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
  • Childcare facilities providing services for essential function employees, but they must do it in stable groups of 10 or fewer, children can’t change from one group to another, if there’s more than one group in a facility, they can’t mix, and the same providers must stay with the same children

KFCF Community Calendar: Updated 3/27/20

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

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



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


Please Note: ​​ In light of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of so many public events, we recommend contacting the venue to confirm that any listed event is still scheduled. ​​ We will note below any cancellations we are aware of. ​​ ​​ 


In an Effort to Reduce the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus, All Fresno County Library Branches are Closing March 18 through April 14, 2020


For those with children who are out of school during the Covid-19 pandemic, you can go to this site to find out where your children can get free school lunches:



Friday, March 27th


Cineculture presents a free screening of “Anbessa​​ (2019),” with discussant​​ Mo Scarpelli (Director). ​​ Through a coming-of-age story, Anbessa tells the story of one boy taking on modernization on his own terms, revealing a unique and magical perspective on the myth of “progress” that entraps us all. Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from their farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. As they watch the buildings take shape, they are reminded in big and small ways that their country’s dream of “progress” is not for them. To fight back against those casting him out and those threatening his mother’s safety, Asalif taps into a fantasy of becoming “Anbessa” i.e. a “lion” in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. Asalif uses his imagination to battle forces beyond his control. His newfound power and fantasy take him to places he never imagined inside and out of the condo until he ​​ must find the strength that resides in him as a boy, and shed the lion persona, in order to deal with the tides of change and violence that are usurping a community, a country, and his own identity. In Amharic with English subtitles.​​ See the trailer at​​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-mSdHqdpTo. This screening is sponsored by the​​ Center for Creativity and the Arts. ​​ The screening is at​​ 5:30 p.m. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ For more information, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.​​ 


Friday, March 27th

(This event has been cancelled)

The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Sheri Wiedenhoefer,​​ Director of the Center for Peeacemaking at Fresno​​ Pacific University, Fresno. ​​ She will be discussing​​ restorative justice research and education as well as opportunities to embed peace making (culture and practices) into schools, neighborhoods, organizations & institutional systems. ​​​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, 1208 "L" street,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, 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, March 28th


The Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club is holding its​​ 2020 Annual Potluck Banquet​​ 

featuring acclaimed Central Valley journalist and historian Mark Arax, author of 2019’s​​ “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California.” ​​ The event is from 5-9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Fresno (The Big Red Church) 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. (Corner of Yale), just north of Fresno High School.​​ This event is open to the general public. ​​ A $2 donation is requested to help defray expenses. ​​ This is a pot luck dinner; bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to share. ​​ 


Saturday, March 28th


Spectrum Art Gallery’s​​ 2020 Print Auction and Benefit Reception takes place at​​ 4:00​​ p.m.​​ at The Fresno Art Museum​​ at​​ 2233 N First St, Fresno. ​​ Spectrum Art Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and​​ their​​ first major event is the return of the annual auction at the end of March. ​​​​ The gallery’s March exhibit features over 50 works of fine art photography from local, national and internationally known artists. Included among the artwork is a rare portfolio of 12 highly collectible Edward Weston photographs. ​​​​ All of the works will be on display in the gallery from Thursday, March 5 th​​ (ArtHop) through Friday, March 27th. The works will be offered for purchase at Spectrum’s live auction, on Saturday, March 28th​​ at the Fresno Art Museum. ​​​​ Spectrum Art Gallery is located at 608 E. Olive Avenue in Fresno’s Tower district. ​​​​ Visit​​ www.spectrumphotogallery.org​​ for details.


Saturday, March 28th


The Fresno Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom invite you to celebrate the 100th​​ anniversary of Women’s Suffrage from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pat Wolk’s Garden. ​​ Share a meal, be entertained, and hear discussions highlighting the actions of WILPF’s issues committee, as well as comments from Belle Vang and Christian Sorando, CSUF students recently returned from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. ​​ For directions, call Evonne Waldo at 831-214-1007.


Saturday, March 28th


The Central California SPCA and Airways Golf Club are hosting their 2nd Annual Dog Days @ Airways Golf Tournament and Family Fun Day. This event is open to all golfers (no matter your handicap) and families! Don't golf? That's okay! ​​ They have fun & games planned ALL DAY! There will be lots of fun games, vendors, putting tournament, raffle prizes, and children’s activities planned all day. They will also have adoptables there hoping to find forever homes! ​​ All proceeds go to further the CCSPCA’s ongoing mission: “To Provide Protection, Placement and Education to Ensure Responsible Animal Care” in our community. ​​ Sign up as an individual golfer for $70, or get your friends together in a team of four for $260. It includes 18 holes, bucket of range balls, cart use, & lunch! If interested in sponsoring this event either by fielding a foursome, sponsoring a hole for $100, or by donating goods or services for their event “Goodie Bags”, Raffle, Prizes, Food, or Drinks, contact​​ dogdays@ccspca.com​​ or call 559-233-7722 ext. 124 to arrange donations. Please include a contact person and their information in donation package.


Sunday, March 29th


Fresno Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo​​ presents​​ Henry Mollicone's Beatitude Mass (for the Homeless)​​ and Ola Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul and Luminous Night of the Soul, at 2:30 p.m. at the​​ Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave., Clovis North High School. ​​ There will be a pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m.​​ with a​​ gallery of photography and art, and tables staffed by local agencies with information,​​ to give human faces to a societal problem and heighten awareness of the human cost of homelessness.​​ ​​ Ola Gjeilo desires to move listeners with ravishing sonorities that inspire hope and joy while also offering consolation and peace. The two Gjeilo pieces “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Luminous Night of the Soul” sung by Coro Piccolo reflect a personal spiritual journey, rounding out a concert that explores the theme Finding Refuge. ​​​​ The​​ Beatitude Mass incorporates words from the Latin Mass Ordinary juxtaposed with English words by William Luce. The new texts are drawn from interviews conducted with people living in homeless shelters.​​ All​​ composer’s royalties​​ for this work are donated to organizations that support people in need. Please visit​​ http://www.fresnocommunitychorus.org​​ for tickets and further information.


Sunday, March 29th


There will be a​​ "Fresno Pacific University Flute Festival Master Class," with Nicola Mazzanti, guest piccolo artist; Janette Erickson, event coordinator, from 4-7 p.m.​​ Auditors welcome; performers by private selection.​​ The event takes place at​​ McDonald Hall Atrium on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ The cost is​​ $15 to audit if​​ a​​ concert ticket​​ is​​ already purchased, $25 without​​ a​​ concert ticket.​​ ​​ For more information, call​​ 559-453-2267,​​ e-mail​​ music@fresno.edu,​​ or​​ go to​​ janetteerickson.com/studio.html.​​ 


Sunday, March 29th


Dixie Salazar​​ heads up an exhibit at​​ Fig Tree Gallery​​ from March 5th​​ through the 29th, called “Synthesis,​​ The​​ Art of Music/ The Music of Art,”​​ a collaboration with Roger Perry and Jeffrey Hallock. ​​ The closing​​ reception​​ is on March 29th​​ from 2-5​​ pm​​ (with live music at the reception). ​​ Fig Tree Gallery is located at​​ 644 Van Ness Ave. in downtown Fresno. ​​ Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. ​​ For more information, go to​​ https://www.figtreegallery.us.​​ 


Friday, April 3rd


Cineculture presents a free screening of “Grab and Run (2017),” with discussant​​ Roser Corella (Director). ​​ Since Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia, gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of “Ala-Kachuu,” which translates roughly as “grab and run.” More than half Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escaped after violent ordeals but most are persuaded to stay by tradition and fear of scandal. Although the practice is said to have its root in nomadic customs, the tradition remains at odds with modern Kyrgyzstan. “Ala-Kachuu” was outlawed during the Soviet era and remains illegal under the current Kyrgyz criminal code, but the law has rarely been enforced to protect women from this violent practice. In Kazakh with English subtitles.​​ See the trailer at​​ https://vimeo.com/195351207. ​​ The screening is at​​ 5:30 p.m. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ For more information, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.​​ 


Friday, April 3rd


The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Robert Navarro. ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, 1208 "L" street,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, April 4th


TRASHIQUE 2020 is THE PRIMARY FUNDRAISER for the Fresno Art Museum in 2020. Proceeds from the event directly support the stellar exhibitions and programs of FAM. The centerpiece of this fun-filled evening is a fashion show that you do not want to miss! The event will be highly publicized and is expected to sell out. This outrageously fun and stylish affair begins with VIP seating at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. ​​ As in years past, the evening will include art, music, dancing, food, cocktails, and Fresno’s most anticipated fashion show of the year, featuring ensembles created by artists out of what most people regard as trash. Join them at an exciting NEW location, the Commerce Building at the Fresno Fairgrounds! ​​ 

Doors open for General Admission at 7:30 p.m. and the Fashion Show starts at 8:30 p.m. ​​ Following the fashion show, meet the artists, take a closer look at the garments, and enjoy some drinks! ​​ Tickets are $225 for VIP seating which includes a full-course dinner and wine prior to the show, early entry, and VIP seating during the fashion show, plus access to VIP lounge with bar service.​​ A​​ VIP TABLE​​ is​​ $1,600.00 (limited seating)​​ and includes a table of 8 with all of the above. ​​ Preferred Seating​​ is​​ $100.00 (limited seating)​​ and includes Preferred seating during the fashion show in Rows 3 & 4​​ and a No Host Bar. ​​ Advanced General Admission $75.00 (after Sunday, February 16, 2020, the price will increase)​​ includes​​ the​​ fashion show & No Host Bar.​​ General Admission $85.00 (Purchased after Sunday, February 16, 2020)​​ includes fashion show & No Host Bar. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.fresnoartmuseum.org.​​ 


Sunday, April 5th

Moving Day Fresno: ​​ At Moving Day walks across the country,​​ students​​ are raising funds, fighting Parkinson’s disease and celebrating movement - proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Whether you take part on a team, as a sponsor or volunteer, join​​ Moving Day Fresno starting at 9 a.m. at Fresno City College​​ and move with thousands of supporters who share a common goal- to beat Parkinson’s. ​​​​ For more information, please contact Gena Lennon at 415-963-0304 or​​ glennon@parkinson.org.​​ 


Tuesday, April 14th

Are you thinking about exporting your goods or services abroad but don’t know where to start? Are you receiving international buyer inquiries into your products? Are you looking to increase sales revenue and diversify your risk? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then the Exporting 101 workshop is a must for you!​​ ​​ It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at​​ Clovis Community College Herndon Campus,​​ 390 W. Fir Ave., Bldg. B, Rm.​​ 308. ​​ For more information or to register, go to​​ https://www.fresnocitd.org.​​ 


Friday, April 17th


Cineculture presents a free screening of “What Will Become of Us (2019),” with discussant​​ Stephanie Ayanian (Director).​​ 100 years ago, Armenians were nearly annihilated by the Genocide orchestrated by the Ottoman Turks. Today, often unrecognized, it remains defining – but the long shadow of the Genocide creates a​​ burden for young Armenian Americans that discourages them from embracing their culture. What Will Become of Us follows six Armenian Americans, – some famous, some not – as they navigate the 100th anniversary of the Genocide, forging identities for the next 100 years. How can Armenian Americans honor their past, while unshackling themselves from this haunting trauma that seem compromise their future and their Armenian values, customs and traditions? Join Producer/Director Stephanie Ayanian for a special screening featuring a live musical performance by two of the stars of the documentary, Richard and Andrew Hagopian. ​​​​ This screening is sponsored by the​​ Armenian Studies Program & Center for Creativity and the Arts. ​​ The screening is at​​ 5:30 p.m. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). ​​ For more information, go to​​ http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.​​ 


Saturday, April 18th


The Carlos Vieira Foundation is proud to host the 2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Portuguese Festival presented by PFSA, the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America. The celebration is open to ALL people to come discover the culture and heritage of the Portuguese people and honor their contributions to the San Joaquin Valley and the state of California. The Festival will be held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, from 9:00 am to midnight. Come experience the Portuguese culture while supporting a great cause, Race for Autism. ​​​​ This family-friendly event will showcase traditional Portuguese dancing, music, and cuisine. The festival will be kicked off by a Portuguese parade followed by plenty of activities including folklore performances, bloodless bullfight demonstrations, philharmonic performances, a wine and cheese tasting, a cultural exhibit, carnival rides, plenty of Portuguese food and craft vendors, and more. We will also have exciting performances on the 51FIFTY Stage throughout the day including Generations, Alcides Machado, Taylor Amarante, Chico Avila, The Portuguese Kids, and all the way from Portugal, Ana and Jose Malhoa! ​​​​ Tickets are now on sale for the pre-sale price of $5. Tickets at the gate will be $10, and kids under 10 years old get free admission. All proceeds benefit children living with autism in central California. For more information, visit SJVportuguesefestival.com or call 209-394-1444.​​ 


Saturday, April 18th


Join the Red Cross in making homes safer by ending home fires in Visalia! ​​​​ This upcoming Spring join​​ Red Cross of Visalia for their “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life”​​ event in Visalia where volunteers, partners, and community members will have the opportunity to team up to go door to door throughout Visalia to install free smoke alarms and provide preparedness education to local residents. ​​​​ While home fires are the most common disaster facing Americans today, they are also the most preventable. That is why, in 2014, the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign with the mission of reducing fire related deaths and injuries by 25% nationwide. This event is an impactful, fun, and amazing way for volunteers to work together to strengthen our community and provide a solution to a devastating national problem, home fires. ​​​​ The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., exact location TBD. ​​ You can sign up to participate in the event at​​ 

https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.html. ​​ Youth ages 16 and up can perform the Installer role with consent from their parent or legal guardian and supervision of an adult. ​​​​ Youth between 13-15 will​​ share the role of their legal guardian or affiliated adult with the option of participating as a Documenter or Educator. ​​​​ For more information, go to​​ soundthealarm.org.​​ 


Saturday, April 18th​​ and Sunday, April 19th


Join Fresno Art Museum’s guest artist, Elio Camacho, for a Plein Air Painting Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. ​​ Nationally known Bay Area teacher, artist and colorist, Elio Camacho, will help you build a strong foundation for your painting in this two day workshop, structured for beginners to advanced students, with demonstrations, hands on participation, and instruction in your choice of oil or acrylic plein air painting in an outdoor location in Fresno near the River Center. ​​ Maps and other information will be provided to all who register for the workshop. ​​ The cost is $275 for Museum members or $295 for non-members. ​​ For information or to register, 441-4221, ext. 101, or e-mail​​ susan@fresnoartmuseum.org.​​ 


Thursday, April 23rd



Save the date for the Fresno County EDC‘s​​ 17th Annual Real Estate Forecast. ​​​​ This a must attend event for realtors, developers, investors, business and civic leaders as well as a great networking opportunity. ​​​​ Sponsorship opportunities​​ are available; reserve your spot today by contacting​​ Andrea at 559-476-2506 or​​ areyes@fresnoedc.com. ​​ It’s from 5:30-7 p.m. at Doubletree by Hilton. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.fresnoedc.com.​​ 


Friday, April 24th


The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Ken Martens Friesen​​ on the topic of​​ Energy, Economics, and Ethics, which is the title of his recent book. Ken will talk about the potential transition to a renewable, carbon-free economy. He’ll look at emerging technologies that have potential to overturn our dependence on fossil-fuels and potentially stave off the worst impacts of climate change. ​​​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, 1208 "L" street,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, April 25th


The 10th annual Earth Day Fresno​​ takes place from​​ 10am – 4pm​​ at​​ Radio Park (First/Clinton), Fresno CA. This environmental festival is free and open to the public. Browse 90+ booths of local environmental organizations, green businesses, and community programs all working to make our valley a healthier place. Two​​ entertainment stages will provide music and dance through the day. The focus of Earth Day 2020 is climate change and many fun programs for tots to teens are planned, including Fresno's Science Mobile, Fresno County Public Library's Bookmobile and The Discovery Center. Fresno’s favorite food trucks will provide grub and drinks. The adjacent Fresno Art Museum, working in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, will be featuring a showcase of short environmental films at the Green Apple Video Competition. For more Information go to​​ https://earthdayfresno.org/.​​ 


Friday, May 1st


The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ David Roy. ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, 1208 "L" street,​​ 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, May 2nd

“Go Native,” a Native American Cultural Celebration, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Foothills Picnic Area, Sequoia National Park, one mile beyond the Sequoia Park entrance. ​​ There will be an opening Cultural Blessing and Drumming starting at 10 a.m. Hear the history of the Yokuts Tribe. ​​ There will be free activities from 10:30-noon and 1-3 p.m. ​​ This free event is open to the public. ​​ Bring chairs and blankets. ​​ For more information, contact Jennifer Malone at 559-280-0712, or go to www.nps.gov/seki.


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. ​​ 


Friday, May 15th


The Reedley Peace Center presents speaker​​ Jacqueline Rodriguez. ​​ The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of First Mennonite Church, 1208 "L" street,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, May 15th

Join the American Cancer Society for the​​ Clovis Rotary Beer Fest​​ at​​ Clovis Botanical Garden,​​ 945 N Clovis Ave., Clovis, from​​ 5:30pm – 8:30pm. ​​ Craft beer enthusiasts and newbies won’t want to miss the inaugural Clovis Rotary Beer Fest benefiting the American Cancer Society. Sample craft beers, enjoy food and live entertainment. Ticket include tastings, souvenir glasses and live entertainment.​​ This event is open to adults 21 and over. ​​​​ For more information, contact​​ Contact​​ Leticia Ramirez at 559-500-6801 or​​ leticia.ramirez@cancer.org. ​​ Tickets​​ are​​ $40​​ and can be purchased on line at​​ www.eventbrite.com/e/clovis-rotary-beer-fest-tickets-90711080283.​​ 


Saturday, June 20th

The Fresno Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom invite you to celebrate the 100th​​ anniversary of Women’s Suffrage from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pat Wolk’s Garden. ​​ Share a meal, be entertained, and hear discussions highlighting the actions of WILPF’s issues committee, as well as comments from Belle Vang and Christian Sorando, CSUF students recently returned from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. ​​ For directions, call Evonne Waldo at 831-214-1007.


Saturday, June 20th

Join the American Cancer Society for​​ Surviving Through Thread” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at​​ The Grand 1401 – 1401 Fulton St.​​ in​​ Fresno. ​​ Surviving Through Thread is a community fashion show benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event features local designers and models who are either cancer survivors, currently battling cancer or individuals representing a loved one who is battling or has lost their battle to cancer. The day starts with a designer boutique from 11:00am to 1:00pm and the fashion show from 1:30pm to 4:00pm with intermission entertainment. ​​​​ Tickets​​ are​​ $30​​ and can be purchased at​​ https://main.acsevents.org/survivingthroughthread. ​​ For more information, contact Leticia Ramirez​​ at​​ leticia.ramirez@cancer.org​​ or​​ 559-500-6801.​​ ​​ 


Tuesday, July 21st

Save the date for the Fresno County EDC‘s​​ 17th Annual Real Estate Forecast. ​​​​ This a must attend event for realtors, developers, investors, business and civic leaders as well as a great networking opportunity. ​​​​ Sponsorship opportunities​​ are available; reserve your spot today by contacting​​ Andrea at 559-476-2506 or​​ areyes@fresnoedc.com. ​​ It’s from 5:30-7 p.m. at Doubletree by Hilton. ​​ For more information, go to​​ www.fresnoedc.com.​​ 


Saturday, August 22nd

Join the American Cancer Society for “A Night At The Chef’s Table, at the​​ Kings River Winery,​​ 4276 S.​​ Greenwood Ave. Sanger, from​​ 6:00 – 10:00pm. ​​ A Night At The Chef’s Table is a gourmet dining experience featuring Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Aaron Nielsen of Southern Hospitality Company benefiting the American Cancer Society. Join us for an evening of delicious food, entertainment, live and silent auctions. The event will be indoor/outdoor held at Kings River Winery, with dinner served in their beautiful indoor, air-conditioned facility and evening entertainment outdoors in their string lit terrace.​​ It is open to adults 21 and over. ​​​​ Tickets are​​ $100​​ per person and can be purchased at​​ https://acsfresno.ejoinme.org/chefstableca. ​​ For more information, contact​​ Leticia Ramirez​​ at​​ leticia.ramirez@cancer.org​​ or 559-500-6801.



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.


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. ​​ 


Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in 2020

Cancelled at least through April 2020

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is offering free drop-in classes three days/week, where you can learn relaxation techniques, regain control over

the mind, increase self esteem, and experience inner peace​​ and harmony in your life.

The classes are:

Wednesdays from 7- 8 pm at​​ St. Paul’s Catholic Newman Center​​ in the Library​​ ​​ 

west end of hallway, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. Fresno​​ 

Thursdays​​ from 7- 8 pm​​ at 7319 N. Fourth St. Fresno

Sundays​​ from 10​​ - 11 am at 7819 N. Fourth St. in Fresno

For more information, call (559) 435-2212.


Third Sunday of each month

Still scheduled: ​​ with the following conditions:

a.  ​​​​ No sign of cold, cough or flu symptoms in you, and those you connect with daily.

b.  ​​​​ Please use the sanitizer kept outside the door, before you come in.

c.  ​​​​ Seating by maintaining distance.

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization celebrates World Meditation Day every third Sunday of the month from​​ 4:00 - 5:30 pm.​​ at​​ 7319 N. Fourth St. Fresno. ​​ For more information, call (559) 435-2212.


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.​​ 


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.​​ 


Beginning Saturday, January 11th​​ 

Fresno State’s first ever Math Aerospace Academy for first- through sixth-grade students begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, January​​ 11th​​ in the Education Building. The program spans six Saturdays in the spring. Students can master math practices, participate in NASA engineering design challenges and robot coding. The program is intended to increase the interest and involvement of K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The curriculum will include age and grade-appropriate hands-on activities, based on NASA themes that support number sense, geometry, engineering, sequencing, money math and more. Fresno State is one of 13institutions nationwide, funded by NASA, to implement an Aerospace Academy. For more information, contact​​ Sam Ray samray@csufresno.edu.


Monday, January 13th​​ through Friday, May 8th

Fresno Pacific University Student Art Exhibit​​ will be shown in the​​ Gallery space in Charlotte's Corner in Alumni Hall and McDonald Hall Second Floor, FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.​​ ​​ Exhibited will be drawings, paintings, sculptures and designs by FPU students created during the 2018-2019 school year.​​ The exhibit is free​​ and open to the public.


Saturday, January 25th​​ through Saturday, November 7th

The Merced County Department of Public Works, in coordination with each Municipal Advisory Council, announces the annual Community Clean-up Event schedule. Community ​​ Clean-ups ​​ allow ​​ local ​​ residents ​​ to ​​ dispose ​​ of ​​ tires, ​​ appliances, ​​ and ​​ other ​​ common ​​ throwaway items for a greatly reduced fee (see rates and details on the next page). All ​​ Community ​​ Clean-ups ​​ will ​​ start ​​ at ​​ 8:30 ​​ a.m. and conclude at 2:00 ​​ p.m.  ​​ ​​​​ The ​​ Community Clean-up schedule is as follows:

El Nido:January 25, 2020  ​​​​ County Library Parking Lot​​ 

Stevinson:February 1, 2020  ​​​​ Hwy. 165, ¼ Mi. s/o Hwy. 140

Delhi:  February 15, 2020  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Fourth Street & Gordon Street

Santa Nella:March 7, 2020  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ West Comet Road and Venus Crl.

Snelling:March 14, 2020  ​​​​ Henderson Park

Winton:March 21, 2020  ​​​​ Santa Fe Drive and Winton Way​​ 

Hilmar;March 28, 2020  ​​​​ Community Center/Faulke StreetS.​​ 

Dos Palos:April 4, 2020  ​​​​ Reynolds Ave & Shain Ave

Le Grand:April 11, 2020  ​​​​ Santa Fe Ave & Jefferson Street​​ Franklin/Beachwood:​​ April 25, 2020  ​​​​ Santa Fe Business Parkway

DP-Y:  October 3, 2020  ​​​​ DP-Y Auction Yard

McSwain:October 17, 2020  ​​​​ Quinley Avenue s/o Moran Ave. ​​ 

Planada:November 7, 2020  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Broadway between Mills/ Fremont.

The following will NOT be accepted: ​​ 

•Household Chemicals Or Liquids Of Any Kind​​ 

•Oil Waste Or Automotive Fluids

•Heavy Equipment And Tractor Tires

•Treated Wood -- Railroad Ties, Pressure Treated Lumber, Etc.

•Commercial Loads

Cleanup hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. sharp, NO EXCEPTIONS.​​ ​​ In order to offset the cost of the annual clean-up events, there will be a small charge for most items. ​​ The Merced County Solid Waste Division has obtained a grant from the State of California for the disposal of passenger tires. ​​ This allows​​ them​​ to offer​​ FREE disposal of up to four (4) passenger tires per load. ​​ Additional passenger tires beyond the limit will cost the participant $1.00 each. ​​​​ The ​​ grant ​​ does ​​ not ​​ cover ​​ commercial ​​ loads ​​ or ​​ tractor ​​ tires and​​ they​​ will ​​ not ​​ accept ​​ these at the Community Clean-up Events. ​​ However,​​ they​​ will accept truck tires, from 16.5 to 20 inches in size, at a cost of $2.00 each. ​​ Carloads of discards will be charged $1.00 while pick-ups, vans, and station wagons will be $2.00. ​​ Smaller single axle trailers less than 8 feet will be $3.00, while trailers 8 feet and 1-ton trucks will be $4.00.  ​​​​ Trucks over 1-ton or trailers over 8 feet will not be accepted, no exceptions. ​​ For more information, call​​ (209)​​ 8261163​​ or go to​​ www.mcrwma.org.​​ 


Friday,​​ February 28th​​ through Sunday,​​ April 19th

Enchanted April​​ weaves its beguiling spell at Good Company Players' 2nd Space Theatre, beginning February 28, 2020. ​​​​ It's London, 1922: Four women, with nothing in common but the desire to escape restrictions and ​​ rain (and a husband or two), rent a picturesque villa in Italy. The holiday seems doomed when they realize they’d rather escape each other. ​​ But in the warm Italian sunshine, friendships blossom and the ladies join together to face the arrival of abandoned spouses and a rakish Romeo. Funny, charming, and wistful, Enchanted April is a vacation for the soul. ​​ “The kind of play that reminds you of why you love theatre.” (The Hartford News) ​​​​ 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. 


Month of March, 2020


Women’s History Month, which celebrates the vital role of women in history, is underway with a number of events planned on campus during the month of March:

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 11: "Women in Higher Ed," a panel discussion, featuring Dr. Maritere López, professor of history; Dr. Alicia Becton, program coordinator with clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling; Dr. Joy Goto, professor of chemistry; and Dr. Mitzi Lowe, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services; presented by the Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s Gender Programs and Services, noon to 1 p.m. ​​ at the Henry Madden Library 3212.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 13: "Author reading: Erika L. Sánchez," author of the novel "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter," as part of the 11th annual Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas, 7 p.m. at University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium (Room 191).

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 18: “The Future is Feminist: Undergraduate Research in Women’s Studies,” a panel of Women’s Studies majors will discuss their research on topics including women's rights in Rwanda, disability and food justice, and fat women's embodiment of femininity. From noon to 12:50 p.m. at Professional Human Services 215.​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 18: "100 Years of Fighting Voter Suppression," presented by the Women's Studies Program, a panel discussion about the contemporary and historical struggle against voter suppression. Sponsored by American Indian Studies, Chicano and Latin American Studies, Asian American Studies, Africana Studies and Political Science. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Henry Madden Library 3212.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 24: “What Should I Call my Female Professor?” a panel discussion featuring Dr. Cristina Herrera, Chicano and Latin American Studies; Dr. Larissa Mercado-Lopez, Women’s Studies, Dr. Jennifer Randles, sociology; Dr. DeAnna Reese, Africana Studies and history; Dr. Aimee Rickman, Child and Family Science; and Dr. Davorn Sisavath, Anthropology and Asian American Studies. From 11 to 11:50 a.m. Social Science 203.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 24: “Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women's Liberation Movement,” Joyce Antler, presented by Jewish Studies, 2 p.m. at the Henry Madden Library 3212.  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 24: “From Sophie Tucker to Sarah Silverman: The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Women’s Comedy,” Joyce Antler, presented by Jewish Studies, 6 p.m. at the Henry Madden Library 2206.​​ 

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 25: "Author reading: Naomi Shihab Nye," the current U.S. Young People's Poet Laureate, as part of the 40th annual Young Writers' Conference, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Satellite Student Union.

 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ March 26: "Native American Women's Leadership Summit," presented by American Indian Studies and Women's Studies, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Henry Madden Library Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room.


Sunday, March 22nd​​ through Saturday, March 28th


Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities inaugural “Arts in Motion Showcase”​​ is a weeklong series of events celebrating students, their passions and accomplishments.

Every year at Arts in Motion, the college will highlight its scholarship recipients and students of distinction — two of whom are named the college’s Undergraduate and Graduate Dean’s Medalists. This annual event allows parents, faculty and generous donors to​​ celebrate the excellence of our talented and diverse student body. ​​ For the first time, the​​ Arts in Motion Showcase​​ will allow the community to experience a wide range of the college’s intellectual and artistic pursuits. From performing and visual arts to debate and professional development, this new showcase highlights each of the college’s nine departments and the Armenian Studies program. All of the events are open to the public, and most are free of charge. ​​ The Arts in Motion Showcase is sponsored by​​ The Fresno Bee​​ and​​ KFSR Radio. ​​ For questions or special accommodations, please call 559-278-5803 or email​​ benjaminkirk@csufresno.edu. Parking is $5 Monday through Friday and​​ free on weekends after 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday evening. ​​ These are the​​ upcoming​​ Arts in Motion Showcase​​ events:

University Theatre presents “Detroit ‘67”

· 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, March 24 to 28 at the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre.​​ 

· Tickets​​ are $17 general, $15 seniors, alumni, military, faculty and staff and $10 for students.​​ 

· In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother, Lank, are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots.

Armenian Studies Program 32nd Annual Banquet

 · 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Fort Washington Country Club.

· Tickets are $50 general, $25 for students and available by calling 559.278.2669.

· The banquet will honor the Leon S. Peters Foundation and recognize Arnold and Dianne Gazarian on the 30th anniversary of the Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair in Armenian Studies. Graduating seniors minoring in Armenian Studies and the program’s scholarship recipients will also be recognized.​​ 

The Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio presents: A Sudden Making/Reading

· 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the Henry Madden Library, Room 1110.​​ 

· Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio fellows will lead a free experimental workshop to generate and create sudden art and writing. The creative work that is generated will then be presented as a reading and performance by fellows and participants.​​ 

Learn Portuguese through Brazilian dance

 · 7 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Peters Business, Room 194.

· A night of Brazilian dance and language learning. Learn basic Portuguese introductions — useful phrases and dance-themed language — while you learn different Brazilian dance moves. This free event is fun for all ages.

Taking Sides: Student Debate

 · 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at Peters Business, Room 191.

· Fresno State communication students will take sides in a debate over federal investment in alternative energy sources. Following the debate, audience members are encouraged to participate through comments and questions.

Advertising and Public Relations Day

 · 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 24 at Peters Business, Room 191.

· Designed for professional development and student enrichment, the first session will focus on social media influencers and the power of personal branding online. The second session at 11 a.m. will look at the changes being made to the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism’s (MCJ) Public Relations curriculum. In the third session at 12:45 p.m., keynote speaker Dave Martin, CEO Nettra Media, will talk on “YouTube, Google Search and More: Elevating Your Brand’s Online Visibility and Influence.”

U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye

at the Young Writers Conference

 · 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the Satellite Student Union.

· Named U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2019, Naomi Shihab Nye is a self-described wandering poet who has spent 40 years traveling the world to lead writing workshops and inspire writers of all ages.​​ 

Big Bands at Fresno State featuring Chuck Manning

 · 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the Concert Hall.​​ 

· Tickets​​ are $15 general, $10 seniors and employees, and $5 for students.​​ 

· A longtime veteran of the Los Angeles jazz scene, saxophonist​​ Chuck Manning​​ will join the Fresno State Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble for a swinging good time at the Fresno State Concert Hall.

Student Film Screening

 · 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Peters Business, Room 191.

· A free curated showcase of Media, Communications and Journalism student-made films.

World Cultures Celebration

  · 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Music 127 (next to the Concert Hall).

· Nine student clubs in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL) department will gather for a free evening of language, music, dance and a celebration of cultures.​​ 

Voicing Ideas

 · 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Peters Business, Room 194.

· In this free competitive, faculty-reviewed event, philosophy student papers of scholarly distinction are presented in a friendly, engaging forum that promotes dialogue and critical reflection on topics in philosophy and religious studies.

Interior Design Student Show

  · 5 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Phebe Conley Gallery.

· An opening reception to a weeklong exhibition, the students of the Interior Design program present their concepts of space and imagine how people interact with them.

“Anbessa” CineCulture screening

· 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at the Peters Education Center Auditorium (in the Student Recreation Center).

· “Anbessa” director Mo Scarpelli of Italy will participate in a discussion with the audience following the screening.​​ 

· Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from their farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. As they watch the buildings take shape, they are reminded that their country’s dream of progress is not for them. Caught between the ancient and the new, Asalif navigates modernization on his own terms. By becoming a lion (anbessa), he can fight back against the forces outside of his control.

Arts in Motion

· 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Concert Hall.

· An awards show style event which recognizes and celebrates scholarship recipients, donors, students of distinction and Dean’s Medalists for the College of Arts​​ and Humanities. The ceremony is followed by a reception at the Conley Art Gallery courtyard.


Monday, June 29th​​ through Monday, August 17th

Registration​​ is now​​ open for​​ the​​ prestigious CSUF​​ Summer Arts program. ​​ For over 30 years, CSU Summer Arts has assembled some of the world’s best creative artists to teach and inspire students across all art genres. Fresno State is in its fourth consecutive year (and 17th year overall) of hosting the festival and will welcome over 400 students who will immerse themselves into their crafts this summer. Registration is now open.​​ 

Students accepted into the program are provided on-campus housing as they work side-by-side with world-renowned guest artists for two or more weeks during the summer.​​ ​​ At the end of each session, the local community is invited to a public arts festival, where Summer Arts students proudly showcase their talents in music, theatre, dance, media, creative writing and visual art and design. Throughout the festival, guest artists also perform each evening when the community is invited to experience the world-class talent. ​​​​ This year, two Fresno State professors will be leading classes on campus. English professor Venita Blackburn will be hosting, “The Flash Form: Cross-Genre Writing and Publishing.” In addition to bringing in several award-winning authors from all over the nation, Blackburn has also invited two fellow Fresno State professors, Bryn Saito and Steven Church, to serve as guest artists. The class will focus on how to compose original fiction, poetry and memoir pieces that are suitable for publication. ​​ ​​ 

Music professor Kenneth Froelich is hosting a class titled, “The Art of Scoring for Video Games.” Students will compose music appropriate for both dynamic and cinematic settings within the game environment. Guest artists include musicians from the band “Critical Hit,” as well as two British Academy of Film and Television award winners, a Sony music producer and Fresno State alumnus Dr. Michael Krikorian, a Los Angeles-based pianist, composer and music teacher. ​​​​ CSU Summer Arts is offering 17 classes this summer, including three abroad in Ireland, Spain and Germany. Highlights include:

  • “DreamWorks Animation: How to Create Feature Quality Character Animation,”​​ ​​ directed by Emily Springer. Springer is a character animator at DreamWorks Animation whose credits include “Trolls” and “The Boss Baby.”

  • “Savion Glover: Emergent Dance with The Lady5Experience.” Glover, a Tony Award winner, has been hailed by The New York Times as the “greatest tap dancer who has ever lived.”

  • “Pilobolus: Unleash Your Senses!” This world-famous dance troupe has been featured on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Today,” MTV’s “Video Music Awards” and “60 Minutes.” The group has been honored with a TED fellowship as well as a Grammy nomination and a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding achievement in cultural programming.

For more information, visit​​ www.csusummerarts.org.​​ 



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. 



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



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



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.




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